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3770k vs 3960x vs 2700k vs 3930k

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June 26, 2012 1:54:27 AM

which is the best among the four, price doesnt matter and neither does value. main purpose would be for gaming, animation rendering (multimedia purpose) and general web surfing
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June 26, 2012 2:16:58 AM

Well Mr. rich guy, the i7-3960X is THE absolute best :D 

In case u wanna sacrifice a marginal amount of performance and save $500, get the 3930k :) 

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June 26, 2012 3:33:43 AM
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Its very hard to tell. The 3960X is the best assuming all six of its cores can be used and its Sandy-Bridge-E so it overclocks better probably due to better heat dissipation. However, on a clock-per-clock basis on quad core, the 3770K is the fastest. Although once again...you can probably overclock a 2600K and 3930k more. All of the CPU's at stock clock are enough for gaming anyway.

Check Anandtech's benches and you can see a 3770 exchanging blows with the 3960X on a load of benchmarks.
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June 26, 2012 3:40:12 AM

If you are going to spend that much, why not buy a Xeon e5-2600? It will be the best for animation rendering.
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June 26, 2012 4:05:52 AM

The 3960x is the best of the bunch. As an added bonus it also doubles as a space heater
June 26, 2012 5:44:51 AM

In terms of future proofing, and aside from the 3960x what is the best to go with?
June 26, 2012 9:47:48 AM

Pinhedd said:
The 3960x is the best of the bunch. As an added bonus it also doubles as a space heater




OT: the 3930K would be best. For £400 less, you only lose 3MB of L3 cache and 100MHz comapred to the 3960K. Seeing as the 3930K can be overclocked, you'll barely notice the difference.
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June 26, 2012 1:03:22 PM

Lets put it this way...for gaming...none of these CPU's even at stock will ever bottleneck you.
June 26, 2012 2:53:42 PM

$hawn said:
Well Mr. rich guy, the i7-3960X is THE absolute best :D 

In case u wanna sacrifice a marginal amount of performance and save $500, get the 3930k :) 

lol not trying to show off here :p  i juz wanted to know the best among the four. im actually using 2600k right now. this is all juz to satisfy cutiousity thanks!
June 27, 2012 2:45:44 AM

i7-3930 is a great hexcore CPU if you are willing to spend +300 for the CPU, +200 or more for the motherboard, +50 for quad-channel RAM sets...pair it with an Asus X79 and you get 3x SLI on PciE 3.0 at 16x/16x/8x. Overclock it to 4.5 Ghz and you wouldnt notice the 100mhz less than a 3960x which is $400-500 more...and 12MB L3 is still enough even compared to 3960x 15MB.. the money you'd save could go to SSD, better GPU, etc.

With the temp issues with Ivy's, most people stick with Sandy for the overclocking unless they need Ivy's HD 4000....
October 10, 2012 1:16:59 PM

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