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intel core i7 3970x vs 3960x vs 4960x

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October 23, 2013 12:29:39 PM

Hi
Im finding trouble choosing the right cpu above. I need it to overclock to the max . if any others as good please tell me
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October 23, 2013 12:34:50 PM

All are overpriced so the selection should be between the 3930K and 4930K with the latter newer, Both will overclock to same levels as their more expensive siblings.
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October 23, 2013 3:53:17 PM

All of the processors that you've listed will perform/overclock very well (though make sure you have a good motherboard and power supply), the only big difference is what the stock speed is, and how high it has been binned.
When you're comparing processors in the same generation, the higher end models are usually the same processor that's been high binned (i.e. should perform better).

What you need to decide though is whether you want Ivy Bridge - E or Sandy Bridge - E. IB-E has PCI-e 3.0, whereas SB-E only has 2.0 (3.0 allows for more bandwidth). IB-E will also overclock less (when locking at clock speed) but will perform better per clock (4960x will perform better at 3.5GHz than a 3970x).

In the end, it's up to you, they are all great processors and will serve you quite well.
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October 29, 2013 12:16:06 PM

Apparently, the 49xx's have solder between the chip and their heat spreader whereas the 39xx's have thermal paste which could leak at massively high overclocks. The downside seems to be that the 49's suffer from heat more when oc'ed, limiting their oc potential to less than the 39's. Might be something you want to look into.
But your chance of gettin a good'un are as likely with the K's as the X's, so unless your planing on maxing your memory, go for the K.
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October 29, 2013 12:23:59 PM

maxcellerate said:
Apparently, the 49xx's have solder between the chip and their heat spreader whereas the 39xx's have thermal paste which could leak at massively high overclocks. The downside seems to be that the 49's suffer from heat more when oc'ed, limiting their oc potential to less than the 39's. Might be something you want to look into.
But your chance of gettin a good'un are as likely with the K's as the X's, so unless your planing on maxing your memory, go for the K.


All LGA 2011 cpus have soldered heat spreaders. The 1155 3xxx chips and the 1150 4xxx chips have the paste.
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October 29, 2013 12:56:13 PM

Well I did say 'apparently'... apparently not...
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October 29, 2013 1:07:32 PM

maxcellerate said:
Apparently, the 49xx's have solder between the chip and their heat spreader whereas the 39xx's have thermal paste which could leak at massively high overclocks. The downside seems to be that the 49's suffer from heat more when oc'ed, limiting their oc potential to less than the 39's. Might be something you want to look into.
But your chance of gettin a good'un are as likely with the K's as the X's, so unless your planing on maxing your memory, go for the K.
Although they may not overclock as high (looking at clockspeed), they perform better per clock (i.e. @ 4.2GHz, the 4xxx series will perform better than the 3xxx series).

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October 29, 2013 1:30:47 PM

Even intel only boasts of to 'upto' 5%, which probably makes them about the same on average.
But if I was getting one now, I'd go for the 4960, for the stronger memory controller.
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October 29, 2013 1:38:25 PM

What about 4930k or 4820k or 4770k. what is the best between them to because i think the extreme editions are way too expensive.
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October 29, 2013 1:44:40 PM

loads of differences, look em up. Intel Ark is a good place to start. Which you get really depends on what you want your processor to do.
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October 29, 2013 1:49:29 PM

Raumaan2310 said:
What about 4930k or 4820k or 4770k. what is the best between them to because i think the extreme editions are way too expensive.


4930k is the fastest overall of those 3. In single threaded apps, 4770k might pull just slightly ahead. Anything more than 4 threads, the 4930k is better. If you can afford it, 4930k, if not, 4770k.
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October 29, 2013 2:02:08 PM

is the 4820k any good?
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October 29, 2013 2:34:29 PM

Raumaan2310 said:
is the 4820k any good?


Only advantage of the 4820k is the lga 2011 platform. More PCI-E lanes and more ram support. Other than that, the 4820k really isn't any better than a 4770k.
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October 29, 2013 6:46:04 PM

Raumaan2310 said:
What about 4930k or 4820k or 4770k. what is the best between them to because i think the extreme editions are way too expensive.


Cheapest to build is the 4770K and the only one I would select for gaming, the 4820K I would skip and just go with the 4930K on 2011 if for productivity.
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