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This review is from: Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa-Core Processor 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73930K (Personal Computers)
I am very happy with this CPU on an ASUS P9x79 Pro, like Michael. I also have 32 GB Kingston Quad channel memory, a Gigabyte GTX 670-OC-2GB VRAM video card, all SSD drives, and I do not overclock...actually run the BIOS on the power saving mode, and it does all the 3D work and complex filter renderings in Photoshop and its plug-ins with ease at that setting, so I have not even gone to the "Normal" setting. Fans run slowly and virtually silently at this setting and with a Coolermaster TPC 812 heatsink, the temperature of the 3930 runs between 33 and 36 degrees celtsius. This installation in a Corsair 550D, constructed by the manufacturer with quiet first and foremost in mind, is almost inaudible, and surely does not disappoint in that regard!
To my surprise though, and this has also been reported by others in forums on line, the Windows 7/64 loading time is actually a few seconds LONGER(from the "loading windows" logo to Log-on) than with two other quality computers I have (a x58(1366) with a 960 processor, and a LG 1155 with a 2600 CPU); this, with reasonably comparable hardware,Startup menu settings in MSCONFIG and software. Just out of interest, I removed the NVIDIA driver, and it had no effect on boot time. From discussions on other forums, this is felt to be a property of the x79 motherboards and the way that format governs various driver loadings, but I don't have a definitive explanation. People were saying that it is not related to the ASUS line per se, but I have not used the Intel x79 MB to see if there be a difference. I would be interested to know what other people contributing on this thread might have to say about this, if they have roughly comparable systems on which to comment, in this regard.
Really though, this is unequivocally inconsequential, merely academic, and most certainly does not reflect on the alacrity and efficiency with which this processor functions, once the system is booted, and this applies to my entire installation, as a whole, which is truly exemplary.
Being a non-gamer, I'm afraid my review, by definition, has to be viewed as somewhat limited for what certain prospective customers may want to know, particularly with a CPU of these specifications and potentials. I elected this CPU over my original choice, the 3820, because, in consultation with Adobe technicians, Photoshop CS6 can now take advantage of hexcore in 3D and complex filtration algorithms. That was not the case in CS5 when they advised me not to buy the 990X, in the Bloomfield series, when I bought my previous computer which was prebuilt and is really not outdated, even today, in terms of performance. In view of this CPU's superb function in stock configuration, I see absolutely no reason to overclock and overstress my components for little or no practical benefit, as I am in no way interested in bragging rights over pushing the limits with respect to benchmark data.
BOTTOM LINE: Highly recommended.