View Full Version : Which I7 system?

05-14-2011, 05:35 AM
Hi Guys and Gals,

I have decided to upgrade my current Intel Q6600 based system to an Intel I7 setup ( apologies to all you AMD people :) ). My question is what type of I7?

I was thinking of going for an Asus SaberTooth X58 with an LGA1366 socket processor as a base for the system but should I look at the newer I7s.

The reason I ask is that the newer I7s seem to only support dual channel memory and seem to only support two full length PCIe slots whereas the LGA1366 board has triple channel memory and three PCIe slots. Are the newer I7s faster on dual channel memory than the older ones with triple channel memory?

I will be just swapping out my current motherboard and Ram/processor for now but will hang onto the old ones for making up an additional render node.

I am using this machine for video editing ( Using a Matrox capture card, Adobe Premier/AfterEffects ) plus Lightwave work. There's a huge amount of choice out there and I want to make sure I go down the right route.

I thank you in advance for any suggestions with this.


05-14-2011, 08:54 AM
I'd recommend going for the 1155 socket, so that basically leaves the 2600 and 2600K. If you plan on overclocking get the 'K' series. The chipset on the motherboards is newer, plus Asus is supposed to release the Z68 chipset in a few weeks. Additionally, this is 95W compared to the i7-960 which is 130W.

I'm about to tear up some polys on a 2600K in the next day or so. If you have a scene you'd be interested in having tested let me know.

05-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Surely the 2600K! It is a lot cheaper than the 990EX and almost as fast. It uses less power and is supposed to run cooler too.

05-15-2011, 01:02 PM
If you are planning to work with Premiere and After Effects, CUDA can speed up certain operations many times. A good Nvidia gamer's card can be hooked into Premiere and Afx by 'hacking' a simple config text file - worked wonders for me when I still had the 480gtx card.

I concur with the others: get a 2600k.

05-15-2011, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, I think I will probably go for a 2600k as it's the newer technology of the two and quite possibly a Asus P8P67 DELUXE Mobo.

And yes Rayek Premier runs sweet with NVidia cards, it does with the GTX470 I have installed. :thumbsup:


05-15-2011, 03:40 PM
+1 for the 2600K.

If it's available in your area, look for motherboards based on the Z68 chipset as well. :D

05-15-2011, 04:51 PM
If it's available in your area, look for motherboards based on the Z68 chipset as well. :D

Yeah I've read several reports of difficulties with Asus P8P67 boards, and I now fall into that category as well. I have to RMA and I'm going for the Z68 since it's out.