Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3Ghz Socket 2011
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.
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