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Intel Core i7 3930K review

If you've got a BIG budget this is the processor we'd recommend.

Our Verdict

Much better value than the 3960X. The obvious choice if you're thinking LGA 2011.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Hexa-core (6 Core)

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For

  • Virtually as quick as the 3960X
  • Huge overclocking headroom

Against

  • Intel turned off some cores
  • Very expensive

The Intel Core i7 3930K is the cheaper alternative to the top-end Sandy Bridge E processor. But then many second hand cars are cheaper than the top-end Sandy Bridge E processor.

At nearly £500 it's still an expensive CPU, but currently it's the only LGA 2011 processor worth a look.

The Intel Core i7 3960X, that top-end Sandy Bridge E, is a positively preposterous processor. For in excess of £800, you get a chip that's not substantially quicker than Intel's own Core i7 980X of two years ago.

Not at stock clocks, at least. Admittedly, the Core i7 3960X does overclock very nicely indeed and in doing so opens up a gap from ye olde 980X.

But we've reviewed the 3960X elsewhere and deemed it disappointing, moderately sinister (it's prima facie evidence of Intel carpet bagging in response to AMD's failure to bring out a really quick chip) and largely irrelevant to human existence.

This then is the Intel Core i7 3930K and it's not the same chip. Not precisely, anyway.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreHexa-core (6 Core)
Thermal Design Power130 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i7 i7-3900
L3 Cache12 MB
Clock Speed3.20 GHz
Processor SocketSocket R LGA-2011
Brand NameIntel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification66.8°C
Direct Media Interface5 GT/s
Overclocking Speed3.80 GHz
Width52.5 mm
Depth45 mm
L2 Cache1.50 MB
Product Seriesi7-3900
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli7-3930K
Product NameCore i7 Hexa-core i7-3930K 3.2GHz Desktop Processor
Package TypeRetail
Product LineCore i7
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80619I73930K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Meet your business needs with a processor from the 2nd gen Intel Core processor family, which offers improved adaptive performance and built-in visual capabilities to bring more intelligent performance to your business PC.

Process Technology32 nm
Limited Warranty3 Year