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Worth upgrading a Core i7 930 to an Ivy Bridge i7 ?

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March 7, 2012 4:37:52 AM

I have a core i7 930, and have had it for the past 2 and a half years. I was thinking of upgrading to a Ivy Bridge CPU when it comes out.

Will I see a dramatic performance increase ?

If I do get it, I am going to overclock it, so I know that benefit will help me.
a c 185 à CPUs
March 7, 2012 4:42:11 AM

No. Just overclock your 930.
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March 7, 2012 5:04:06 AM

amuffin said:
No. Just overclock your 930.



I have but I cant get it anything over 3.6Ghz
I have the Corsair H50 CPU cooler.

The temperatures are quite high aswell, idle is around 45-50 degrees Celsius
Full load goes up to 85-90 degrees Celsius.

I put it on 1.2850 voltage, which is quite low and still getting pretty hot temps.

I have seen people with the same rig as me get up to 4.2Ghz and had these temps on 4.2Ghz

Im only on 3.6Ghz

I done have the best motherboard either.

gigabyte x58a-ud3r
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March 7, 2012 5:07:20 AM

Get a better cooler, or go real water cooling with a beginner xspc rasa kit. It is much cheaper than spending 400-500 dollars for a new mobo and cpu.
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March 7, 2012 5:16:03 AM

amuffin said:
Get a better cooler, or go real water cooling with a beginner xspc rasa kit. It is much cheaper than spending 400-500 dollars for a new mobo and cpu.


I used to have the Noctua NH-D14 and that was supposed to be nearlly as good as water cooling and that still gave me bad temps

I heard that there was a batch of bad i7 930 cpu's for overclocking and alot of people had this problem

Also expecting to get 2 7970's, so a new motherboard would do me good.
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March 7, 2012 5:27:51 AM

Sounds like you need better thermal paste. I asked myself the same question a few weeks ago, and I have the i7 920. On Air @ 4.0ghz, Idle @ 35. 59-61 while gaming. No reason you should be idling @ 50 and 90 is too damn hot. some will say that anything over 90, and you should get worried. I try and keep my cpu and gpus below 80. Invest in a better cooler or go full liquid. Those fake closed circuit liquid coolers arent worth the money spent on making them. A DECENT Air cooler will see similar/better numbers then those intel/corsair liquid coolers. good Luck

Edit - Referenced replacing stock heatsink, having forgotten he was using a closed circuit liquid cooler.
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March 7, 2012 6:06:08 AM

I have a 960 and a H50 as well and get around 55 on 4ghz. Aviconus is right, you need new thermal paste.
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March 8, 2012 2:51:08 AM

aviconus said:
Sounds like you need better thermal paste. I asked myself the same question a few weeks ago, and I have the i7 920. On Air @ 4.0ghz, Idle @ 35. 59-61 while gaming. No reason you should be idling @ 50 and 90 is too damn hot. some will say that anything over 90, and you should get worried. I try and keep my cpu and gpus below 80. Invest in a better cooler or go full liquid. Those fake closed circuit liquid coolers arent worth the money spent on making them. A DECENT Air cooler will see similar/better numbers then those intel/corsair liquid coolers. good Luck

Edit - Referenced replacing stock heatsink, having forgotten he was using a closed circuit liquid cooler.


I have good thermal paste, applied to my CPU. I used the Noctua thermal paste that came with my old Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler.


But the thing is, that the Corsair H50 is performing better than the Noctua NH-D14 in my computer.

its strange because the NH-D14 is supposed to be much better
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a c 185 à CPUs
March 8, 2012 4:28:04 AM

Did you apply it correctly? What case do you have?
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March 8, 2012 4:42:52 AM

Is the cpu your bottle neck.... if not don't bother to upgarde it
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March 8, 2012 8:23:52 AM

amuffin said:
Did you apply it correctly? What case do you have?


Yes, I did apply it correctly and I had the Coolermaster HAF X 942 but then changed the the Antec 300 case because the HAF X catches alot of dust.

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