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Intel Core i7-3930K And Core i7-3820: Sandy Bridge-E, Cheaper

Benchmark Results: DiRT 3

From the bottom of our platforms to top, there is a measurable delta in DiRT 3 at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080, particularly when AA is disabled.

The overclocked Core i7-3820 is missing because it wasn’t able to consistently complete runs in DiRT 3, despite our aggressive settings. Dropping the multiplier with a 125 MHz BCLK made the issues worse, and the only way to run completely stably was to settle on a 100 MHz BCLK and accept the -3820’s maximum ratio of 43x with all cores active.

Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.