1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 27, 2010 11:22 AM by amdn

    need help with upgrade

    panke

      witch one is better? qx9770 or  i7 920?

       

      my specs are

       

      evga 790i ultra sli mobo

      4gb ddr3 2000mhz gskill kit

      qx9770

       

      i dont know if i need to make a upgrade yet (move too i7, or dont)

        • 1. Re: need help with upgrade
          amdn

          What are you using the system for?  Are there applications that are compute intensive that you wait around for them to complete?  If so, are these applications memory bandwidth limited?  The i7 has QPI and integrated memory controllers, memory bandwidth is significantly increased.  If this is a gaming system then my guess is that an upgrade is not warranted (frames per second would be your criteria there, and that is more than likely limited by the graphics card).

           

          Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two processors

          http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=37111,34444,

           

          The X5570 i7 has a max memory bandwidth of 32 GB/sec.  The comparison above doesn't tell you what the memory bandwidth for the QX9770 is, but you can find that in various reviews and seems to be in the 5-6 GB/sec range.  As you can see, there is a 5x to 6x improvement in memory bandwidth, which would be the major reason for you to upgrade *if* your applications are memory bandwidth limited.

           

          Here's a review of the QX9770 that includes memory bandwidth

           

          http://hothardware.com/Articles/Intel-Core-2-Extreme-QX9770-Performance-Preview/?page=4

           

          Message was edited by: amdn