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Old September 12, 2011, 04:36 AM
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Default Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) And X79 Platform Preview @ Tom's

Just thought I'd post this as i finished reading it. Interesting read indeed ...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ance,3026.html
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Old September 12, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Interesting read for sure. I know its an ES chip they are using in this preview but I am neither impressed or disappointed. I'll just have to reserve full judgement until the platform release and we see reviews of production models.
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Not impressed at all.. hopefully things improve with release chips.
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Unless these things hit amazing overclocks, I won't be changing out my X58 mobo. I'm not impressed with those stock numbers at all.
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I didn’t bother trying to overclock. Without an LGA 2011-compatible heatsink, it was difficult enough to keep the massive (comparatively) Core i7-3960X running cool.
Darn. I kept reading that a 1366 heatsink would fit a 2011 board. What I read was wrong I guess (or Tom's Hardware needs a 1366 HSF....)
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Unless these things hit amazing overclocks, I won't be changing out my X58 mobo. I'm not impressed with those stock numbers at all.
Especially now that Intel is comming out with a 2700K; so unless you have a heavyly threaded apps to run, that Tom's article took the wind out of my workstation building asperations...here is hoping for Ivy Bridge X79/LGA 2011 platform
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Isn't Ivy Bridge going to be based on the P67/Z68 chipset though?
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Isn't Ivy Bridge going to be based on the P67/Z68 chipset though?
You could be right, I thought Ivy Bridge suppose to be 22nm die shrink of SB, which encompases SB-E, and could potentially translate to better thermal envelopes regardless of socket type.
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What I don't get is they were provided the chip and board but didn't have a proper heatsink provided as well? Anyone else find that odd?

As for the numbers I am not overly impressed as well. Don't get me wrong sure it will be better than my 2600K but after looking at the prices, I just don't see it being a choice for people except maybe extreme benchmarkers.
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