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Intel Releases Core i7 ''Sandy Bridge-E'' Processors

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Intel today released its Core i7-3000 series processor family, codenamed "Sandy Bridge-E". These new processors, along with the new Intel X79 chipset, make up for an entirely new platform. The processors are an upscale of the Sandy Bridge architecture found on chips in the LGA1155 package. The Sandy Bridge-E silicon measures 20.8 x 20.9 mm, with a humungous transistor count of 2.27 billion. In its Core i7-3000 configuration, the silicon has up to 6 cores, up to 15 MB of L3 cache, four DDR3 memory channels, and 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes ("some" devices "may" support Gen 3.0, Intel's words).

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Expensive. No surprise there but I think a 2600K (or 2500) is still the way to go for most gamers.
 

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Expensive. No surprise there but I think a 2600K (or 2500) is still the way to go for most gamers.
Yup. Not just gamers, but pretty much anyone who doesn't encode videos for a living.
 
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NOOOOOOOOOOOO MY QUADDDDDDDDDD :cry:

Damn I was looking forward to X79... Guess I'll have to wait? Damn this sucks ass

But prices are pretty good so far :)
 
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I'm mighty disappointed with this product - same gaming performance as SB. This is what happens when Intel don't have any head to head competition. :shadedshu

I made more noises about it here.
 
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So W1zzard was bang on about the front-page poll options, after all.
 
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Only good thing about it is AVX instruction. Which is also avaiable on 2600K as far as i know. So who cares really.
 

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So W1zzard was bang on about the front-page poll options, after all.
W1zz is always right. What are you trying to say?! :wtf: qubit dons tinfoil hat
 
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Performs top of the line in every benchmark--major disappointment.
 
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W1zz is always right. What are you trying to say?! :wtf: qubit dons tinfoil hat
I especially like that he knew the FX-8150 wouldn't be able to compete head to head with the i7-2600k in the Spring when everyone was convinced it would, and in most cases even best it.
 
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I'm mighty disappointed with this product - same gaming performance as SB.
There wasn't any reason to think it would be any better, unless you know of a game that uses 12 threads.

This is intel's bulldozer.
 

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There wasn't any reason to think it would be any better, unless you know of a game that uses 12 threads.

This is intel's bulldozer.
No, it isn't Bulldozer, lol, but it's what happens when you have Bulldozer 'compete' against Intel's current lineup. Check out the other post I linked to, which explains my point in more detail.
 
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Why is everyone being such a dumbass about this. 1366/1156 had the same gaming performance too. There was never any illusions otherwise. If you're disappointed it's your own fault for having shit for memory.
 
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Typo there, or am i wrong?
No, this is exactly it and known for a while... Like one 16x PCI-E 3.0 and three 8x PCI-E 3.0 or two 16 one 8 etc etc
 
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Expensive. No surprise there but I think a 2600K (or 2500) is still the way to go for most gamers.
Hell no im going to go all out get me one of these i7-3960X :toast: Windows should load support fast :laugh:, Did any one think intel wanted this chip out this year because its the year 2011 :p
 
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I dn't understand the dissapoinment honestly. It's been well known that this was only going to be SB with 6 cores, so single core and light threaded performance was going to be the same. This includes gaming, since no game trully uses much more than 4 cores. Those which do use more threads (few and far between) are more or less taken care of by hyperthreading. Intel can't just create more gaming performance out of nowhere when games don't use more resources.

Heavily multi-threaded apps' performances are were they should be, at a 40%-50% increase over 2600k.

Intel did make a mistake if we look at it from a marketing pov, and they made it several months ago by releasing the midrange part first. Mid-range, in this consolized gaming market and lazy consumer app programers will always take the cake, specially when the difference is the number of cores. That's why everyone always try to release high-end first, even on GPUs which are always used to almost 100% of their potential.
 
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Hell no im going to go all out get me one of these i7-3960X :toast: Windows should load support fast :laugh:, Did any one think intel wanted this chip out this year because its the year 2011 :p
I think that was the whole point when they announced it lol... If it were for 2012 they would have introduced an extra pin somehow lol
 

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HardOCP's review is up: http://hardocp.com/article/2011/11/14/intel_core_i73960x_sandy_bridge_e_processor_review/1

Nothing too surprising, in multithreaded applications it takes off, in single-threaded application it's pretty terrible and the older Sandy Bridge come out ahead in a few instances.

When it comes to gaming it looks to be another Bulldozer, it's pretty underwhelming. It performs the same or a little worse in pretty much all titles against older chips.

The only time this chip is a good buy is if you have a lot of money to spend and you do a lot of heavy multithreaded work, that's where it seems to shine.(not surprisingly)
 
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It was never supposed to see an improvement in games though.... Maybe in multi-GPU though
 

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I think this is more for server/heavy encoder systems