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One of the Best CPUs for Enthusiasts
on December 6, 2013
Pros: Extremely fast, doesn't run too hot, easily overclocked
Cons: A bit pricey
I went with the 3930K for a new computer in May 2012, and to this day (December 2013), it still runs just as well as day 1. Even though Ivy Bridge, Haswell, and Ivy Bridge E CPUs have since been released, I don't see a reason to upgrade. The six cores turbo-boosted to 3.8 GHz is more than enough for most people. I originally built this machine for gaming, but have since converted to a development workstation. Although targeted at gamers and enthusiasts, this chip would be overkill for gaming. Since I run a lot of multi-threaded applications, this CPU is perfect for me. This CPU is pretty expensive, but when there's virtually no competitors, there's not much that can be done about it.
I don't have a need to overclock, but I tried it out, and it was very easy. Playing with the unlocked multiplier yields really good results. Without trying much, I was able to get to 4.5 GHz with a heatsink/fan pretty easily. I imagine it can get close to 5 GHz when watercooled.
I paired this CPU with the Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard and cooled it with the Noctua NH-D14.