- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: BX80619I73960X
- Processor Count: 6
- Computer CPU Speed: 3.3 GHz
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Hexa-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 15 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73960X
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- Core i7, Sandy Bridge-E
- Clock Speed: 3.3GHz, 3.9 GHz (Max Turbo)
- 15 MB Cache
- 6 Core
- LGA 2011
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The one thing you should realize though, it is only a little bit faster than the 3930k, (clock speed wise it is only a 100mhz difference, and benchmarks have shown the difference between the two are fairly narrow). Just looking at the published specifications on intel's website, you'll find the two identical except for the 100 mhz difference and a 3MB larger L3 cache. Basically, for an average user, they would not be able to tell the difference between the two performance wise.
What it comes down to is how much you're willing to spend for just a little more speed. The performance jump from an i7-2600k to a i7-3630k is pretty good, but the difference between a 3630k and 3960x is very small, and it can be pretty hard to justify a ~400 dollar price difference between the 3630k and 3960x.
If you're not worried about cost, and have to own the absolutely fastest processor available, then the 3960x is your choice now, just don't expect it to be blazingly faster than the one step down 3930k.
One other small note I want to add is that these processors (the Sandy Bridge-E processors), do not come with a cpu heat sink/fan. If you're building a system, don't forget to find a fan for the socket LGA 2011 for these processors.
The price difference aside, I love my new 3960x.
This processor produces a lot of heat, so if you are overclocking you will need to get a good cooling system. The only other con of this processor is the price. (Which will likely include a new motherboard too). For me though, time is money and my investment will quickly pay off.
For those reviews that say software hasn't caught up to the potential of this processor (likely meaning games), I use every tidbit of processing power I can squeeze out of this processor. Its a fantastic processor for a workstation.
Another reason some would buy this is for the cores. The six cores are impressive, but AMD has already released a 8 core processor for $200. Their cores may not be as strong as Intel's, but saving $800 is definitely worth it.
I will however defend Intel for not shipping their stock heatsink with this product. If you're spending $1000 on a processor, and you're not going to overclock it, then you're wasting your money. And if you do overclock, you should by no means be using the stock heatsink. Besides cooling isn't that expensive, get an H50 for around $50. If you're buying this, money shouldn't be an object anyways.
FINAL VERDICT: It's the fastest, but not by much. Doesn't matter what you're doing, gaming, video editing, or just casually browsing the web, there's very little that you can benefit from by getting this over another high end processor. Unless you just can't be satisfied with anything but the best, you should probably save your money and get a cheaper processor that's worth it, or wait for the next generation of Intel CPUs.
I have this with a liquid cooled system for the CPU only and it has never crossed 55 degrees, even under stress. Benchmarking over 3x the average system and this has not been stressed to it's limit. I am impressed.
Mainly purchased because of the extra cache and the clock speed. It has not disappointed, but cheaper also has the potential to keep pace for most of the work. Spend this cash only if you absolutely MUST have the best, because for very little less performance you can cut the price by 2/3.
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Only buy if money is not a problem.
Otherwise, an i7 3770 is also fast.
I think would also be more worth the money.