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5.0 out of 5 stars Best CPU choice for high end system, February 6, 2012
This review is from: Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa-Core Processor 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73930K (Personal Computers)
I waited up at night for these to go on sale. I bought one on launch day and have been using it 24/7 since late November.

This CPU is amazing, it clocks to 4.8 GHz on water @ 1.34v and never gets above 60c even 24/7 prime95 stress test.
It runs 16GB of DDR3 @ 2133 with no problem, with 9 CAS, all at stock memory controller voltage (I'm lucky on this one!)

Yeah, it was a bit expensive, but who cares... its the bleeding edge of technology and you're always going to pay more for something like this.

If you're going to be building a super powerful system this is the CPU for you. The 3960x is not worth the extra cost.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2012 5:50:27 AM PST
Do you think it's worth the money as opposed to a 2600k or 2700k? I'm tempted to buy one, but I can get the 2600k or 2700k for about half the cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2012 8:46:12 PM PST
Blake Mason says:
From all the reviews I've looked at, my answer is no. Unless 90% of the time you are encoding video it doesn't perform any better than the 2700k in real world applications. I'm putting the difference towards a new video card instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 5:57:26 AM PDT
Agree with Black Mason - not worth paying $600 for a processor if all you are going to do is game. It is better in multimedia applications and encoding programs. I was lucky enough to get a like-new 3930K C2 stepping CPU from EVGA for only $350, so of course I bought it :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 9:23:49 AM PDT
I actually bought the 3820, which was actually cheaper then the 2700K. I'm happy with it and I can upgrade later when new chips come out. I still can't see paying $600 for the 3930. But if I could have gotten one for $350, of course I would have too.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 2:38:51 PM PDT
Reticuli says:
So this wouldn't run X-Plane on max any faster than the 2700K would? And the indication that's it's substantially faster is the result of synthetic benchmarks and its ability to do media encoding?

Posted on May 5, 2012 1:59:55 PM PDT
To the OP:

Do you do Video Processing, Video Rendering, Maya, Autocad or 3D Modeling? If so then yeah your computer is phenomenal. If you are a gamer and you use your computer to play video games, then the CPU you chose is really overkill.

I have a 2600K CPU and I run mine with the same settings as yours: "clocks to 4.8 GHz on water @ 1.34v and never gets above 60c even 24/7" I also have 16GB or DDR3 @ 1866Mhz. 1866MHz is much better to OC than 2133. Even running it at 1833Mhz the system performs exactly the same as yours. Except I only spent $250 on my CPU and you spent $500. Both of our systems are the same.

For anyone else reading this review take a look at this article: then when you finish reading page 5, go on to page 6 and see how the 3930K compares to the 2700K and 2600K. The Starcraft 2 Benchmark alone puts this case to rest. Metro 2033 has one of the best realtime game benchmarks out there and it also shows how the 2700K puts to shame the 3930K.

When you buy CPU's you have to think something clearly. What are you going to use your computer primarily for:

1. Casual (browse the web, email, play one or another game on steam or World of Warcraft on normal settings)
2. Gaming Enthusiast (MMO: Guild Wars 2, Tera, Diablo III, Rift, etc on high settings all on top)
3. 3D Modeling/Autocad: Autocad 2011/2012, Maya, 3D Studio Max, etc.
4. Rendering Server Farm: Mental Ray, Renderman, etc.

If you are 1 & 2 then PCI Express 3.0 support and the ability to build CrossfireX and SLI configurations are critical for your specific situation, the most expensive platform won't be the best choice for gaming. The 3930 (and all of the variants) is not the CPU you are looking for. Go with either the 2600K or the 2700K.

If you are 3 & 4, then go with the 3930K and X.

Overhyping a product just because you think its AMAZING is not a good review and you need to be intelligent when you buy things like this.

"It turns out that the top LGA 1155 processors do not lose any of their appeal against the background of the new Core i7-3820. They not only allow building noticeably more affordable and energy-efficient systems. Their performance appears just as good as that of Core i7-3820 based systems, and in some cases, such as games and regular general-purpose applications, LGA 1155 processors can even outperform LGA 2011 ones. Moreover, Core i7-2700K and Core i7-2600K can also be successfully overclocked and in this mode offer even higher performance than the overclocked Core i7-3820. Taking into account all of the above mentioned arguments, we will continue to recommend specifically Core i7-2700K or Core i7-2600K out of all Intel's quad-core offerings existing today. Compared with the new Core i7-3820, the one-year-old Sandy Bridge solutions offer better platform price-to-performance as well as performance-per-watt."

Just my .02 cents.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 11:18:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 9:05:56 AM PDT
K. Finnerty says:
Why did you bring the 3820 into this? The 3820 was never mentioned in this review...The OP has a 3930k. Who are you to tell him it's overkill? It's his 600 bucks... Also your all inclusive list of things people can do seem to miss people who virtualize on the consumer level. Could this processor be useful to people who want extra cores for visualization but don't want to give up the single thread performance of Intel? Could it be possible your list of 4 things doesn't cover everything anyone could do? Just because it's not right for you does not mean this processor isn't a perfect fit for someone else. The review is this guys opinion, I'll admit it's superficial, but it's not a chance for some elitist hardware enthusiast to insult others when he has no idea how they are using it or what kind of research they did prior to purchasing. Now if he came here and said, "damn facebook and reddit load so fast with this processor." Then you can go ahead and berate him.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 6:44:18 PM PDT
Isn't your real name Tony Soprano?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 3:56:00 AM PDT
D. Toner says:
Not to split hairs, but even if you get a 7 series motherboard and an i7 2600k, you won't get pci-e 3.0, you need ivy bridge for that. Also $.02 is 2 cents .02 cents is $.0002.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 10:23:14 AM PDT
Dave says:
With all due respect, I think you're mistaken. Sandybridge E on 2011 motherboard does support PCIe 3.0. You don't have to have Ivybridge.
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