- 32nm Sandy Bridge-E 130W
- 15MB L3 Cache
- 6 x 256KB L2 Cache
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Fact: the 3960X/3970X/4960X are the fastest desktop CPUs in existence. Period. There's no question, no matter of test setups or threading/lack thereof that can dispute that. There's nothing from AMD that even plays in the same league. If you must have the best, these chips are it. My 3960X is running at 4.2ghz on dead silent air cooling and idles at 30c, topping out at 70c after days of running full-out. I'm certainly not setting any records, but then again there's no piece of software i've come across that I have to wait for.
$1000+ is ludicrously expensive for any desktop processor, no matter how fast. Then again, like me, most of us who run this CPU didn't have to pay for it. If you have to spend money to get a CPU, get the 3930k and overclock it. You'll be just as fast as we are.
Thoughts from a completely neutral datacenter engineer:
- Comparing a $200 AMD CPU to this chip is laughable. If you are buying $200 CPUs, you have no business even looking at this page. Don't kid yourself. Conversely, if you are seriously considering this chip, you aren't cross-shopping anything with the AMD brand on it. Don't waste your valuable time.
- If your CPU is running at 84C EVER, you have a cooling system issue. Not even a Prescott dual core should get that hot. Ever. Just want to reiterate - EVER.
- Genitalia-measuring contests over computer hardware are about as low as you can get. Stop wasting your time and get back to embarrassing old guys like me in BF4.
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