Posted by: Nathan Simon
core i5, core i7, Core i7-3960x, CPUs, Intel, Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-E
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.