Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Socket 2011
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.
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