Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review - HotHardware

Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review

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For our next series of tests, we moved on to some more in-game benchmarking with Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place a load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation


The Core i7-3970X took the top spot in both of our low-res gaming benchmarks. The processor's 6-cores, relatively large caches, and higher clocks gave in an edge over the other processors in the games we tested.

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Nice to hear but this one might be super expensive that ordinary people cant afford to buy :(

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the 3960X is $1049.99 on newegg... this is the 3970x...you sir, are correct.

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And what happened to Ivy Bridge-E?

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Ivy Bridge-E hasn't been released yet... ;-)

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Looks to be a pretty incredible processor. Like the others have pointed out, well beyond what I could even begin to afford for a PC.

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If you have actual use for this chip, it is a monster and worth every penny from a productivity perspective IMO. Def. not cheap, thats why we have the 3930K otherwise :)

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Great Reviews on new Intel I7 3970X. I like this. Very impressed that it can run at 4.80 GHz. plenty power for this i7 3970X.

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I would prefer my 3770k price for performance. The 3970 and x79 platform is more for bragging rights then anything else.

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When are the pecs for the haswell proccessors going to be released? i want to buy a 3970x when they do. I've been saving up and can't wait.

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I though it would smoke FX-8350 by a very large margin. But surprisingly, only about 60% faster. I'm quite impressed with AMD , albeit much higher power consumption, but hey, its 4 times cheaper.

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