Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review: Intel's Flagship 6-Core

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It’s no secret that Intel is readying processors based in its Haswell microarchitecture. The new chips are due to be released in the not too distant future and feature a number of noteworthy enhancements, including a much more powerful integrated graphics core.

When Haswell arrives though, it will supplant current Ivy Bridge-based processors, which target more mainstream market segments than the product we’ll be showing you today. For the foreseeable future, Intel’s big dog remains Sandy Bridge-E, the monstrous six-core beast which utilizes the X79 Express chipset and socket LGA 2011.

Prior to the arrival of Haswell, we figured it would be a good idea to show you just what Intel’s current flagship desktop processor can do. That processor is the Core i7-3970X...

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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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Dave_HH replied on Thu, May 16 2013 10:21 AM

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

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Johnny3D replied on Thu, May 16 2013 12:39 PM

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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Shadizzle replied on Thu, May 16 2013 9:25 PM

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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tjphelan1 replied on Wed, May 22 2013 12:56 PM

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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AKnudson replied on Thu, May 23 2013 12:05 AM

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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asdacap replied on Fri, May 24 2013 10:29 AM

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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