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Post Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cor ... ,3026.html

Honestly, it looks a bit disappointing. Granted they didn't do any overclocking, but stock it seems to be slower than current generation i7 2600k in quite a few benchmarks. Not by much, but still...

It looks like Intel cut back a lot of things that would of made this an enthusiast platform. Now it's basically the same as the P67. Hopefully 2nd generation will be better...

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Post Re: Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform
15MB is quite a jump for L3 cache. And the speeds aren't bad either, guess they didn't want to give stock access to the 4Ghz barrier yet.

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Post Re: Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform
....I'm waiting on Ivy Bridge to replace my 2600k. I would think Intel would do a better job segmenting their processors. They could easily get me to spend $1k on a processor if it was the absolute best. Instead I am far more interested in the mid range market.

It also looks like yet again, the next version of Windows will use even fewer system resources much like the drop from Vista to 7. The need for faster and faster hardware seems to be slowing down for the time being. In fact the market is going the opposite direction with the explosion of Atom and ARM processors.

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Post Re: Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform
The low power or super-efficient models are for mobile market and people who don't run any big app's at all. I don't think it is reason for concern, just means there aren't enough Avid's in this world :D. We are getting a good grip of power efficiency which will lead to better performance eventually as we all know 8-).

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Post Re: Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform
If what I believe is the trend, there will soon no longer be a need for an "enthusiast market" if some in Intel have their way. :(

The market is the driving force behind development and with the push to go lighter and smaller, the days of the bulky ole PC box is literally numbered ... :geek:

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Post Re: Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform
Another: http://www.guru3d.com/article/sandy-bri ... 79-preview

But a lot of it was removed due to NDA's...

The conclusion sums it up nicely though:
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In contrast to say Z68 and a Core i7 2600K processor, I'll probably hesitate a little to really recommend Sandy Bridge-E. See, it will require a new (expensive) motherboard and a new processor for which the top model is gonna cost you anywhere from 700 to 900 EUR (though that's unconfirmed). So that difference might be a little too much versus what you gain features and performance wise.

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