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Offline cyphyr

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Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« on: February 03, 2017, 12:37:25 PM »
I have an old i7-920 sitting on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard. Its basically never used as it's so slow compared to my main pc.
I just noticed that I can pick up a seccond hand i7-980 hex core for not too silly a price (140 - 160).
I know there are obvious risks with seccond hand processors but that asside do you think the speed increece would be worth it.
Quad core i7-920 @ 2.67 Ghz vs Hex core i7-980 @ 3.33 Ghz
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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 01:21:24 PM »
The 980 is 3 years "younger" than the 920. This already makes it faster. Plus you will have an additional 2 cores running faster than the 920. I think it will be faster but no a lot. Of course what I say is just theory. Real world test would be the best. But if the 140 pounds is nothing for you then go for it.

Also chk the TG test site where you might find the test of the 980. Good luck.
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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2017, 01:43:17 PM »
Yes I was looking for the TG speed test site, couldn't find it, is it still running? Do you have a link?

Found it ...
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eX9Ltn3_9BjsamA0Pxeflv5AKrjkgViEY8VuetB8e3k/edit#gid=1964613224

http://planetside.co.uk/terragen-3-benchmark/

Well it's looking hopefull ... according to the benchmark doc an i7-920 (with a little more RAM mine, 10gb vs 8gb) rendered the test benchmark scene in 13m, 21s.
(just did mine and it came in at 13m 14s)

The nearest equlivent to an i7-980 is listed as an i7-X980 (which is probably an i7-980x) which is almost identical to an i7-980 which is rendering the benchmark scene in 8m 22s. (which is actually faster than my current workhorse, i7-2600K which renders the same scene in 11m 02s)

Looking tempting ...
« Last Edit: February 03, 2017, 03:12:27 PM by cyphyr »
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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 05:49:40 PM »
Well the i7-980 chip arrived today, obviously secondhand but unscratched and wrapped in bubblewrap with a small sachet of thermal paste.
After an abortive attempt at installing it with no boot, post or bios comming up at all I realised that I needed to update the BIOS to a more current version.
Once that was done (had to put the old i7-920 chip back in) I was able to install the updated cvhip with no problems at all.

The old i7-920 the benchmark rendered in 13m 14s.
The new i7-980 the benchmark renderd in 8m 41s.

Not too shabby and I think there may be some room for tweaking ...
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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 06:10:42 PM »
5 min faster...not bad for the price no?
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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 07:27:04 PM »
5 min faster...not bad for the price no?
Half as fast again so definately useful :)
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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 07:50:06 PM »
I'd consider that a very good result, depending of course on price, but I doubt you paid a ton for it.

And frankly this just goes to show that Intel has not pushed forward real-world performance in a major way for a long time. I am quite curious to see how AMD's Ryzen chips do. Hopefully they bring real competition back and Intel is forced to give us 8 core on the desktop! :D

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Re: Chip Advice ~ Resurecting an old banger
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 07:52:00 AM »
I'd consider that a very good result, depending of course on price, but I doubt you paid a ton for it.

And frankly this just goes to show that Intel has not pushed forward real-world performance in a major way for a long time. I am quite curious to see how AMD's Ryzen chips do. Hopefully they bring real competition back and Intel is forced to give us 8 core on the desktop! :D

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Intel having 0 competition on the Desktop really is having a negative effect for consumers. There's just no need for them to push forward with big jumps in performance when the current "competition" can't even keep up with what Intel is doing now.

I'm really hoping AMD can up their game and bring something out that's exciting.