Editors Liked

  • 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
  • Unlocked Multiplier
  • 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

Editors Didn't Like

  • Very expensive
  • 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