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"But at the end of the day, regardless of how much sense this CPU might or might not make in your application, the Core i7-3960X firmly establishes Intel's dominance in performance computing at the consumer level. It's simply an amazing product."
"Our overall conclusion is that if you are planning on playing video games, or just doing basic web browsing, document work or basic multimedia, we recommend the 2500K, 2600K, or 2700K Sandy Bridge processor. For gaming core speed seems to be a big factor in video games over actual core count. If you are working with heavily multi-threaded applications that require lot of processing power from the CPU, we highly recommend the 3930K if you cannot spend the extra $440 on a 3960X processor."
"The 3960X has been released as a show stopper that is said to blow the competition out of the water and frankly it does. You may find yourself looking back at the charts and asking us where it blows the competition out of the water, and we’d invite you to look at the CPU intensive applications such as Super PI and Cinebench that really shows off the raw compute power that the 3960X has up its sleeve."
"With its four-thread, double cache, double memory bandwidth advantage over standard Sandy Bridge, it offers almost enough performance to justify its price. And with its improved per-clock performance and superior platform, it makes an excellent replacement to supplant the aging 990X Extreme."
"Overall, what you have here is the platform with the best multi-threading performance, top-notch single-threaded performance, the most numbers of PCI-E lanes, future-proof PCI-Express 3.0 support, overclocking capabilities that should please even the most ardent enthusiast, and more than reasonable power consumption numbers. Let's be honest here though, the i7-3960X that we tested today might be fantastic, but it is not going to make or break this platform. It's the i7-3820 and i7-3930K that we are really excited about, and at least on paper they look like good deals. Yes, you are going to pay more for this platform, largely for the motherboard since as we demonstrated earlier you can simply re-use your current dual-channel kit without much of a performance hit, but if you want the best this is it. If class-leading multi-threaded performance and multi-GPU capabilities aren’t your priorities, and you have more down to earth requirements, then wait for Ivy Bridge."