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I7-950 vs the new sandy bridge cpus?

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January 28, 2011 7:24:23 PM

I've currently been rocking a i7-950 cpu for the past few months, but now that the new sandy bridge cpus are out im wondering if I should upgrade. Is the upgrade worht the money, and is the performance margin large enough to constitute a buy?

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January 28, 2011 7:29:12 PM

Since you already have a I7 950 I would hang tight. The performance difference is not worth the money. Would be going from a very good system to Great. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=100 some of the difference can be gained by overclocking.
January 28, 2011 8:05:44 PM

I agree with rolli, the differences are not that big based on the Sandy Bridge review and gaming benchmarks on this site. But if you an sell your current CPU, MB, and RAM, then maybe it will be worth upgrading. I decided to go for the i7-2600K and P8P67 Pro motherboard since I was jumping from a Q6600-based system so the improvements were well worth the $620 it cost me for a new CPU, MB and RAM...
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January 28, 2011 9:03:23 PM

save your money, i7 950 is a great cpu upgrading to sandy bridge wont make a big deference, infact if you overclock your i7 950 it'll be on bar or better than stock sandy bridge, wait till the next generation and spend the money on something els.
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January 28, 2011 9:35:12 PM

Is a sandy bridge better, clock for clock? Yes. Is it worth buying over an i7 950? No.

Be honest here, have you ever thought your CPU just wasn't adequete? Gaming wise, the difference will not be noticeable. Neither CPU will bottleneck any GPU set up. Although I'm pretty sure the X58 still has more PCIe lanes than the P67, so feature wise you'd be downgrading.

But yeah basically it's a waste of cash. I mean, if you're looking for specific performance increase in one area or another you can just upgrade the GPU (if you need more FPS) or buy a 970/980X CPU if you need more performance that way for some reason. Or for a cheaper alternative, overclock.
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January 29, 2011 2:10:01 AM

If I had an i7-950, I would probably not look at a Sandy Bridge twice unless I can sell the old CPU+MB for a good price. If it can make you feel a bit better about not switching, Ivy Bridge will probably be out by the end of this year or the beginning of next year so THAT might be more worth it.
July 7, 2011 12:49:19 AM

rolli59 said:
Since you already have a I7 950 I would hang tight. The performance difference is not worth the money. Would be going from a very good system to Great. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=100 some of the difference can be gained by overclocking.



hey rolli-

same situation as person who posed this question.. can you direct me to a cite to overclock i7 950 x58?? is it likely i would need another fan and do you feel i could get this chip up to 3.25??

thanks much
February 3, 2014 4:08:08 AM

This is old.. But I7 950 very good holds its own well, two and a half years later.
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February 3, 2014 6:55:42 AM

Adam Landsberg said:
then lock them...
or close them...

Don't email me telling me to not reply....


I didnt email you, i just replied to the thread. I cant lock or close the thread, im not a moderator.

It was just a simple request, as the thread and question is 2.5 years old, relating to the release of sandybridge...
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