New Intel i7 vs. duo E8400

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by BigRieg, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. BigRieg

    BigRieg New Member

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    Which would be better and why?

    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 (2x 3.0GHz/6MB L2 Cache/1333FSB)
    Intel® Core™2 i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366

    The duo is faster, but the i7 is newer with H/T
    I'll be using the computer for some gaming, but mainly for my Game and Simulation Programming degree. So I'll be needing to create high-end graphics and what-not. There isn't too much a price difference, just worried about the slower processing of the i7. Thanks
     
  2. AUTOBOOT2000

    AUTOBOOT2000 New Member

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    DURRRRRR i7 core 2 duo is terribly inferior technology this is a really stupid question. I had the same debate between 2 cores and 4 and now that I7 is out it's stupid to even argue you can overclock the thing to 3.5 ghz easily on air plus it has 4 cores supports triple channel memory and completely new and future proof.
     
  3. Jet

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    While they are the same price, the i7 motherboards are much more expensive, as well as using DDR3 instead of DDR2, so the overall cost is going to be much higher with the i7. As well, the i7s have overclocking limiters built in, so you won't be able to overclock as much as you could have otherwise.

    For me personally, the cost doesn't justify the increased price for buying the latest and greatest. I also let any problems be ironed out by the early adopters.
     
  4. AUTOBOOT2000

    AUTOBOOT2000 New Member

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    The i7 overclocks amazing! 3.8ghz on air is enough for me. Maybye the limiters are there for a reason...
     
  5. marux1

    marux1 New Member

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    get the duo core, best CPU for its price by a mile.
     
  6. Jet

    Jet VIP Member

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    As Intel has eliminated the FSB with the i7, now overclocking happens differently. They have put a wattage based limiter on the lower end (ie, sub $1000) processors, so you can't overclock above a certain wattage, limiting your overclocks very substantially.
     
  7. Kornowski

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    Aye, I think it's between 100 - 175 watts.
     
  8. Shane

    Shane Super Moderator Staff Member

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    looks like this is the end for massive overclocks on their cheaper line of processors from now then :(
     
  9. Jet

    Jet VIP Member

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  10. Kornowski

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    I was a little off, I knew it wasn't much though.
     
  11. simpletron

    simpletron New Member

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    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclocking-core-i7,2063.html

    this rumour about limiter being hard-wired was caused by tom's hardware because they didn't turn off the switch and report on it. this article is their correction to that first article.

    core i7 can overclock just as well as yorkfield if you turn the limiter switch off in the bios.
     

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