Sandy Bridge-E Benchmarked: Intel Retains the Performance Crown

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TigerNightmare

Just got this for $540 at a Newegg sale. If wannabes like me are buying this for almost half price, I'm thinking something is going to replace this as the best high end proc soon.

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Travatron

I haven't seen any news on this, but since it's being pushed as a server board, will it support dual-CPU configs?

 

I wonder how it folds?!

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d3v

I think you guys forgot a conclusion. The article just ends at the last benchmark.

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Kinetic

Honestly I'd be happy with just 2600k performance and two 16x PCIE lanes to work with. Having just spent about $2200 last year on my current build total, I don't plan on switching mobos and buying a thousand dollar chip anytime soon, but I'm very interested in seeing how that RAM setup performs.

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warptek2010

$900+ for what,... bragging rights?? And that is just the cpu of course. Expect anywhere from $350 to $450 more for quad memory and new lga2011 motherboard. Then might as well upgrade to that 80+ bronze/gold 850 watt psu for around $100 more cause you're gonna need that much juice if not more. Thanks but no thanks. I'll stick to AMD platform and that ain't hating at all, it's just plain common sense.

 

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steven4570

thats how it is with EVERY new piece of technology.  unless youre building a server or high end rendering dont buy it, that simple.  and iF you have high end rig anyway you should already have an 80+ psu anyway

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warptek2010

True enough. True enough. I do have an 80+ but it's a 750 watter. Don't need anything more at this point.

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aferrara50

Looks like it's time to order that 3960X as soon as the Rampage IV Extreme comes in stock on newegg.

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ocnier

Bizarre though that the 2600k is still by far the leader when price to performance delta is considered.  It's almost like intel is eating its young.  They've got to have plans for a cheaper 3960k or 3950k chipset in the works.  $1K to $500 is unreachable or unconsiderable for mass market, so my question with this chip is "what is the end game".  AMD isn't the answer they don't have a consumer chip priced above $500, so who are they competing with? I don't understand intel's approach.  It's in their best interest push motherboards with this chipset and socket, but at this price point I don't see the marketing strategy much less moving boards out the door for this socket.  Couple this with recession economy and this is a non-starter.....

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weagle05

Were they at risk of losing the performance crown to themselves?

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yu119995

Awesome.  I can't wait to drop another $150 more on an Intel mobo/cpu combintation over its AMD counterpart to have almost almost no noticeable performance gains in either gaming or normal, every other day tasks.  I think I'll take that surplus and upgrade my GPU.  Heck I might even invest in more memory while I'm at it.  Thanks for further reinforcing my decision to buy into the AMD platform Intel.  Brutal.

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steven4570

its a a highend part really meant for videos editing and other cpu taxing jobs.  if you are building 1000 dollar up system there is no reason to not go intel.  if you do normal gaming and other day to day tasks, most cpus are not being taking full advatage of anyway.  admire the performance progression of cpus and intel and stop hating

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limitbreaker

i agree with you but if gaming isnt a concern why not just go for a xeon or opteron?

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steven4570

xeons and opterons are built for server type setups.  Theyre gennerally more exspensive then theyre regular parts due to support for registered RAM and dual cpu support.  AMD is fine for budget set ups or if you have a very specific budget and AMD gets you more for your money.  If your building a high end set up theres not reason to not go intel.  AMD used to out preform intel in the highest end parts, but ever since the core 2s come out AMD has been far behind, they just cant seem to catch up. If amd offered better performance for the same price, id say see you intel but i just dont see that happening.

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limitbreaker

all true but if you're gonna pay 1000$ for a cpu then maybe it's an option. of course i've never even seen benchmark comparisons of a server cpu to a desktop cpu, i'd be curious to learn which would win in various multitreaded tests comparing 6 fast cores to 16 slow cores (or even 32 with two cpu)

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Baer

So much to read today. This as well as the reviews on the new Rampage IV. My next fantasy rig already has two componnents, a Rampage IV and a 3960X. The problem is that fantisy rig parts lists usually turn into parts on order lists within a few months. I am looking forward to CES to see all this stuff live :-)

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alexw1234

Guh, Guh, I think I'm in love. . . . 

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AETAaAS

Again Intel leads both on the benchmark numbers and on the price tags. Given how much Intel is asking, it is unlikely that normal punters will be buying these, so I suspect that the 2 additional cores will be 'unlocked' later on to stand in as the next gen chip or act as a super high end model and Intel will be raking in the money for a while longer without having to do any additional homework. :p

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praack

when bulldozer failed to pull me into upgrading my machines from thier current config- I started looking for the first time at Intel

But time and time again the cost went insane - of i was a richer man - or willing to sell my place so I did not have a mortgage maybe I would have money to build intel.

but everyday guy's can't afford the premiun price - and new motherboard each upgrade entails

 

I like this one though- you also get to upgrade your memory along with your motherboard and processor- since they were using 3 sticks before and not intel went quadchannel -.....

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steven4570

im curious, whats your budget? and what do you mean the cost was insane?  how much more did a similar intel system cost? because sandy bridge and current amd chips both use dual channel ddr3 so the only thing that would effect the cost is motherboard and actual cpu

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yu119995

That's exactly it.  Intel CPU/mobo prices are still way more than their AMD counterparts.  I'd rather take a 955 PII with a decent mobo and use the surplus to upgrade my GPU and/or max out my RAM.

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steven4570

the most ive ever seen see the difference was 200bucks, i just dont find it that much more since on systems like that intel just destroys amd in almost all tests

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steven4570

the most ive ever seen see the difference was 200bucks, i just dont find it that much more since on systems like that intel just destroys amd in almost all tests

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win7fanboi

Does LGA2011 have native usb 3? If not, even with impressive benchmarks results I don't think intel is giving a compelling reason to upgrade from a P67 or a Z68 chipset. Or am I missing something?

Looking at the benchmarks  i7-2600K is pretty close to i7-3960K  in some and I am curious to see how i7-3930K stacks up. Considering I got a bargain for 2600K I am not too bummed.

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