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The Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition features 6 cores with Hyper-Threading for 12 thread support. This model comes clocked at 3.3GHz with a Turbo frequency of up to 3.9GHz and TDP rating of 130 watts. Like all Sandy Bridge-E processors it supports quad-channel DDR3-1600 memory. However unlike some Extreme Edition models, the new Core i7 3960X receives a massive 15MB L3 cache which is shared across all six cores.
Staggering level of performance.
48 PCIE lanes as compared to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system.
Up to 12 threads on six cores.
Massive 15MB Intel Smart Cache.
Turbo Boost 2.0.
Improved CPU socket loading mechanism.
AES instructions and Disable Security Bit functions.
AVX Vector Extensions.
As of late 2011, fastest consumer desktop CPU available.
Fastest consumer chip in the world, Sandy Bridge architecture's potential extended.
Supports dual PCIe x16 video cards at full speed, Includes full range of Sandy Bridge features, Low power usage.
Requires new X79based motherboard, which is also expensive.
Few consumer level applications will take full advantage of its power.
Not a huge leap over 990X in many common apps.
Needs additional outlay for X79 motherboard.
No integrated video.
Quick Sync technology.
Performance within line of sight of top-end Sandy Bridge chips.
By TechSpot on November 14, 2011
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By The Inquirer on March 06, 2012
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By PCWorld New Zealand on February 13, 2012
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By The Inquirer on February 10, 2012
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By Tech2 on December 31, 2011
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By BeHardware on December 26, 2011
Intel has driven home its advantage with the release of the Core i7-3960X, which is now the fastest desktop processor on the market. As long as an application correctly exploits the six cores at its disposal, there's no competition for this...
By Phoronix on December 13, 2011
This should not be a huge surprise, but the Intel Core i7 3960X "Sandy Bridge" Extreme Edition processor is one hell of a fast processor for desktops and workstations. For computationally-intense tests, the i7-3960X is a measurable upgrade over even...
By itreviews.com on December 12, 2011
Review date: 12 December, 2011. Review by: Leo Waldock Intel's new Core i7-3960X Extreme processor marks the debut of Sandy Bridge-E. The E suffix stands for Extreme so it follows quite logically that Sandy Bridge-E combines Sandy Bridge Core i5/i7...
By Atomic MPC on December 06, 2011
Fantastic performance at a fantastical pricetag. Worth it if you know you need the CPU grunt, but overkill for the rest of...
By Techgage on November 28, 2011
As was proven many times throughout this article, Intel has once again delivered the world's fastest desktop processor with its Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition. This of course comes as no surprise, as it's based on what we already knew to be the...
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