Remember these numbers; 3930K, 3960X and X79 because if you are a serious gamer and/or computer enthusiast into photo, video or music creation you are gonna want one.
The 3930K and 3960X are the latest Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 processors being released today for the enthusiast, and X79 Express is the chipset that supports these two new processors. The 3930K is the 6 core/12 thread Premium Performance model, the 3960X is the 6 core/12 thread Extreme Edition. Both processors are built on Intel’s 32nm Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture and both processors are unlocked so you will be able to overclock to your heart’s content, just think you can make fast even faster! Couple either one of these processors with a DX79TO or DX79SI Extreme motherboard and you’ll have a system with up to 15MB of Intel Smart Cache, eight slots of 4 channel DDR3-1600 memory, 40 PCIe 2.0 lanes and 6Gb/s SATA to support your SATA devices, sweet!
So to say the least, I’m stoked! I now have a reason to retire my Core i7-975 Extreme Edition and replace it and my DX58SO motherboard with a new 3960X processor and DX79SI motherboard. Of course I’ll need to replace my triple channel memory with some new 4 channel dimms, and with 8 dimms available for a total of 64GB of memory, I won’t be wanting for more memory. But I’m thinking I won’t need 64GB of memory so I can save a little money going with less expensive 2 or 4 GB dimms vs 8 GB, score! However, if you are one who runs memory hungry apps having a motherboard that supports up to 64GB is a bonus… score again!
Did I mention overclocking? Both the 3930K and the 3930X are completely unlocked and with the Intel Overclocking Assistant you have easy one-step overclocking plus the ability to manually tweak settings and save custom profiles. However, please overclock responsibly! I highly recommend you install some type of advance cooling before you overclock, there are lots of air and liquid cooled solutions available. You might want to have a look at the new Intel Active Thermal Solution RTS2011C, it’s not only for the new LGA2011 socket, it also works with the 1366/1155/1156 sockets as well, we showed this cooler at our Developer Forum and it got great reviews.
So with the 3930K and 3960X you get more cores, more threads, more cache… What’s not to like…
If you are someone who likes performance these new Intel processors and motherboards are what you want. For more information about Intel’s newest processors and motherboards click here.
On a different note, check back on November 24th when I will be blogging, tweeting and facebooking about the world’s biggest computer festival, Dreamhack. Intel will be there along with 15,000 LAN gamers so there will be plenty of excitement around the event and plenty to talk about.