The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Dec 13 2011   12:47PM GMT

Intel Sandy Bridge-E

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

So you have the Core i7-2700k 3.4Ghz, and you thought you were the best, well one year later and meet the big brother to the Core i7, the Core i7-3960x at 3.3Ghz. Basically the 3960x is the 2700k on steroids, while clocked slower by 100Mhz(its Turbo Clock is 3.9Ghz, it has 2 extra cores (6 Cores) and the PCB space for 2 more (8 Core; for now these are reserved for the Xeon Line of PC) But as with anything, if you want to play with the big boys, you will need to pony up the cash, and extra $670+, and that doesn’t even include the new motherboard and memory that neeeds to be purchased as well! Did I mention that the new CPU supports up to 40 lanes of PCIe 3.0? Make sure to beef up your powersupply if you intend on upgrading… its estimated to take up to 330 watts alone when overclocked to 4.6Ghz!  Here is a price to spec chart.

Processor Core Clock Cores / Threads L3 Cache Max Turbo Max Overclock Multiplier TDP Price
Intel Core i7 3960X 3.3GHz 6 / 12 15MB 3.9GHz 57x 130W $990
Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz 6 / 12 12MB 3.8GHz 57x 130W $555
Intel Core i7 3820 3.6GHz 4 / 8 10MB 3.9GHz 43x 130W TBD
Intel Core i7 2700K 3.5GHz 4 / 8 8MB 3.9GHz 57x 95W $332
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz 4 / 8 8MB 3.8GHz 57x 95W $317
Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz 4 / 8 8MB 3.8GHz 42x 95W $294
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 4 / 4 6MB 3.7GHz 57x 95W $216
Intel Core i5 2500 3.3GHz 4 / 4 6MB 3.7GHz 41x 95W $205

Check out the benchmarks over at AnandTech.

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