- 32nm Sandy Bridge-E 130W
- 12MB L3 Cache
- 6 x 256KB L2 Cache
Just Plain Awesome 09/02/2013
Extremely fast. This thing's ability to process makes installing software that normally takes awhile so much faster. Windows 8 installed in about 10 minutes, Office 2013 in about 5 minutes. Visual Studio 2012 10 minutes.
Combined with a liquid cooler this processor breaks 4.5-4.8 GHz easily without too much of a drastic change in temperature. No issues at all, it handles applications and games without bottlenecks. I've never seen this thing go above 20% CPU usage unless being used with a chess engine to which 50% was the highest it went.
Normally I would say price, but $569.99 is pretty reasonable for a 6 core processor.
This processor is just a step below the extreme edition, to which a slightly bigger cache is not worth the extra $500.
This processor is a great buy if you're looking something solid that will last for the next 6-8 years.
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