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Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition 6 Core 15MB 3.3GHZ Hyperthreading Unlocked LGA2011 Processor

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Experience: 5 Months


Proven stable after over 2,000 hours, incredible power
Massive cost, but worth it if you need a single socket powerhouse instead of a multi-socket CPU build.
We have been running an entire studio on this Intel Core i7 3960X processor. With the decreasing quality and increasing expense of Macintosh OS X systems and the increasing quality of PC based studio software, we decided to try a Windows based machine for our next upgrade. Our Mac Pro (XEON machine, 2010 model), has been collecting dust ever since.

Why so much horsepower? It's a heavy production machine. We use the computer for rendering long 1080P Blu-Ray quality video in 2D and 3D, editing in fully rendered 1080p on three screens. The system has never crashed. On weekends we've tested this machine with the top games since it has an ASUS NVIDIA 590 video card. Incredible results with the same stability.

When this machine isn't editing video, it's serving as the core audio recording / editing / live video feed for our podcast. While that sort of thing doesn't put the computer under incredible stress, it's just as important as ever that the machine is stable and the processor stays relatively cool (We use the Corsair H100 liquid cooler), so the cooling solutions in the case don't have to spin up to full speed and get louder. Thanks to solid, cool running, we've never heard the 9 fans running in the case on a recording.

There's nothing like getting a blue screen of death when you're in the middle of a live webcast. That's never happened, We use Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Adobe Audition (sometimes), Pro Tools, Poser, Milkshape, and many other production programs.

If you're looking for some kick ass stability and performance, look no further. If it will run our main production machine under heavy load for days at a time, it'll survive your heaviest gaming binges and home rendering solutions.

Do I regret not buying XEON and server class hardware instead? No, but I would have bought the lower-priced 6 core i7 processor if it were available at the time of purchase. Here are the specs of our main studio machine:

Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition 6 Core
Cooled with Corsair H100
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe ATX LGA2011 Motherboard
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB 4X4GB (Running 2 of these kits for 32GB 8x4GB)
ASUS 590 NVIDIA 2GB Graphics card (For incredible CUDA performance boost with Adobe software)
2 x Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Drives (1 for OS, 1 for Production Software).
2x 2TB WD Caviar Black HDD on SATA3 (Striped for scratch disc)
2x 2TB WD Caviar Black HDD on SATA 2 (for longer term storage)
Adaptec SATA3 PCI-E 4 Port card for hot swap drive bays.
ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray Writer
Antec High Current Pro 1200W
Coolermaster Cosmos II XL-ATX Ultra Tower

Anyone in the market for a Mac Pro?

Experience: 30 Days


BAD-ASS!!! Power to spare. Unlocked and clocks great.
VERY EXPENSIVE! DOES NOT COME WITH STOCK COOLER. Limited selection of cooling solutions.
This CPU as well as it's little bother, the 3930K, are brutes when it comes to computing muscle. Nothing in AMD's books can even remotely compete with this CPU or with the 3930K for that matter.
The 3960X is an unlocked processor, meaning that the Clock is unlocked which can allow higher and more stable overclocks.
Oh, and did I mention this bitch clocks nicely? Using a Noctua NH-D14, I was able to clock it as high as 5300mhz on the Rampage IV Extreme.
As an example of the power, in 3DMark 11, I ran an i7 2600K at 5100mhz with a physics score of 11,300. With the 3960X at only 4500mhz, it was pulling in over 14,000 for a physics score. Both runs at 'Performance'.

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Intel Core i7 Processor Best-in-Class Performance
The Intel Core i7 processor delivers best-in-class performance for the most demanding applications. This quad-core processor features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 8-way multitasking capability, and additional L3 cache.

Quick Specs:
Process Technology 32 nm
Clock Speed 3.30 GHz
Processor Socket Socket R LGA-2011
L2 Cache 1.50 MB
L3 Cache 15 MB
Width 2.1"
Depth 1.8"
Processor Core Hexa-core (6 Core)
64-bit Processing Yes
Thermal Specification 152.2°F (66.8°C)
Thermal Design Power 130 W
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Direct Media Interface 5 GT/s
Overclocking Speed 3.90 GHz

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Environmental Conditions  
     Thermal Specification: 152.2°F (66.8°C)
General Information  
     Brand Name: Intel
     Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: BX80619I73960X
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.intel.com
     Package Type: Retail
     Product Line: Core i7
     Product Model: i7-3960X
     Product Name: Core i7 Hexa-core i7-3960X 3.3GHz Desktop Processor
     Product Series: i7-3900
     Product Type: Processor
     Platform Supported: PC
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 1.77" (45 mm)
     Width: 2.07" (52.50 mm)
Power Description  
     Thermal Design Power: 130 W
Technical Information  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Clock Speed: 3.30 GHz
     Direct Media Interface: 5 GT/s
     L1 Cache: 384 KB
     L2 Cache: 1.50 MB
     L3 Cache: 15 MB
     Overclocking Speed: 3.90 GHz
     Process Technology: 32 nm
     Processor Core: Hexa-core (6 Core)
     Processor Manufacturer: Intel
     Processor Socket: Socket R LGA-2011
     Processor Technology: Enhanced SpeedStep Technology
Extended Memory 64 Technology
Virtualization Technology
Hyper-Threading Technology
Turbo Boost Technology

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