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The Intel Core i7 3820 features four cores operating at 3.6GHz, a 10MB L3 cache and HyperThreading support. It also support PCI Express 3.0 and a platform that will take as much as 32GB of system memory. Additionally, the i7-3820 supports quad-channel memory meaning users will be compelled to purchase four modules rather than just two.
Very good performance, particularly on single-threaded applications.
PCIExpress 3.0 with 40 lanes.
Easy overclocking because of the Gear Ratio feature.
Best QuadCore Performance.
Locked CPU that can still be Overclocked.
Lots of Overclock Headroom.
Better price than Slower CPUs.
Inconsistent compared with other high-end Intel chips.
Partially unlocked multiplier limits overclocking potential.
Requires X79 Express motherboard, video card, cooler.
Not a fully unlocked processor.
You lose Intelís QuickSync technology if moving from LGA1155.
Can't get this deal without an X79 Motherboard, adding to the overall price.
Feature Tradeoff with 2600K Processor.
Sandy Bridge LGA1155 provides superstern competition.
By TechSpot on February 09, 2012
The Intel Core i7-3820 is particularly intriguing because of its sub-$300 retail price -- far less than other chips in the Sandy Bridge-E family. With that in mind we expected Intel to butcher this chip, but the 3820 remains an impressive specimen with four cores at 3.6GHz, a 10MB L3 cache and HT support.
By PCWorld New Zealand on July 10, 2012
Late last year Intel released an update to their line of Sandy Bridge processors dubbed Sandy Bridge-E (for ‘Enthusiast’ according to Intel). Since the launch of the initial pair of six-core CPUs, the i7-3930K and i7-3960X, only one other...
By PC Mag on March 23, 2012
The Intel Core i7-3820 processor is a fine performer, but it lacks the impressive features of other CPUs in the Sandy Bridge–Extreme line....
By Overclockers Club on March 15, 2012
The Second Generation Core i7 3820 is a small step-up in terms of performance when compared to Intel's Socket 1155 platform. Originally, the release of the X79 platform was limited to 6-core chips that were priced from $550 up to $999; not the...
By BeHardware on March 14, 2012
As expected, given its spec, the Core i7-3930K makes the Core i7-3960X entirely dispensable. Why spend an extra €350 or €400 for such a small gain in performance (between 4 and 5%)?The Core i7-3930K is therefore a choice cut for anyone...
By Guru of 3D on March 09, 2012
This processor combined with a nice X79 motherboard could be just what the doctor ordered, then again, it will still have to fight against the 2600/2700K processors from Intel. Intel’s Core i7-3820 CPU is based on the Sandy Bridge-E die that packs...
By ThinkComputers on March 08, 2012
When the LGA2011 processors and Intel X79 motherboards were released it was quite expensive to get into. The Core i7-3930K sells for about $600 and you will be paying over $200 for an Intel X79 motherboard. This does not leave much room for a decent...
By Benchmark Reviews on March 05, 2012
As we have explained in the past, it's very hard to isolate a single component within a system. While we try to keep as many of the components static throughout the testing environment, it's impossible to keep everything the same. Any of these...
By MadShrimps on March 01, 2012
When replacing the aging socket 1366 with the brand new socket 2011, Intel did not merely focus on the high end CPU versions. With the addition of this i7-3820 Quadcore CPU, Intel has managed to put a brand new architecture into position, to replace...
By Expreview on February 23, 2012
Just a week ago, Intel officially launched its Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E processor, the processor is the first quad-core model in LGA2011 platform, and it’s priced as low as US$294. We have got the CPU and did a small test. As its specs and...
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