To those looking to build the biggest, baddest high-end PC around, the wait for Sandy Bridge-E was no doubt painful. But, it’s finally here, and much to our expectations, Intel has once again solidified its position as the performance leader. So let’s take a look at what it offers, and compare it to the i7-990X, i7-2600K and AMD FX-8150.
I’d like to think that I’m the kind of person who doesn’t hold a grudge, but after bouts of unsuccessful overclocking runs with Intel motherboards in the past, I just about gave up. Until I decided to investigate further to see where things stood today. Have my opinions changed after overclocking with Intel’s DP67BG this past weekend?
The long-awaited launch of Intel’s Sandy Bridge is here, and we have all of the details of what to expect, what you need to “upgrade”, what models will be available at launch, and of course, their prices. We’re taking a look at two of the higest-end offerings, the Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K – both quad-cores and both fully unlocked.
Most of today’s desktop CPUs, including budget models, tend to be good for overclocking. But for those who are looking for the ultimate in tweaking ability, Intel’s mainstream models have left a bit to be desired. With the K series, though, it aims to remedy that situation by offering unlocked models at affordable prices.
It’s official. We’re now entering the six-core realm, thanks to Intel’s Gulftown. The first model, Core i7-980X, is more than capable of delivering the sick scores that our title suggests, and along with it, we can begin to see some major benefits of the 32nm process. To sweeten the deal further, Intel even includes an effective new CPU cooler.
|Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Review||Rob Williams||November 28, 2011||Intel Processors|
|The State of Overclocking on Intel Motherboards||Rob Williams||April 12, 2011||Intel Motherboards, Intel Processors, Staff Editorials|
|Intel’s Sandy Bridge Revealed: Core i5-2500K & i7-2600K Reviewed||Rob Williams||January 3, 2011||Intel Processors|
|Intel’s Core i5-655K & i7-875K Unlocked Processors||Rob Williams||May 28, 2010||Intel Processors|
|Intel’s Core i7-980X Extreme Edition – Ready for Sick Scores?||Rob Williams||March 10, 2010||Intel Processors|
|Intel’s Core i3-530 – The Budget Powerhouse?||Rob Williams||March 4, 2010||Intel Processors|
|Overclocking Intel’s Core i5-661||Rob Williams||January 6, 2010||Intel Processors|
|Intel’s 32nm Clarkdale – Nehalem for Everyone||Rob Williams||January 3, 2010||Intel Processors|
|Overclocking Intel’s Core i5-750 & i7-870||Rob Williams||September 10, 2009||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core i7-870 & i5-750 – Nehalem for the Mainstream||Rob Williams||September 7, 2009||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition||Rob Williams||June 2, 2009||Intel Processors|
|Intel Reveals Westmere 32nm Roadmap||Rob Williams||February 10, 2009||Intel Processors|
|Q9400S & Q8200S: Intel’s 65W Quad-Cores||Rob Williams||February 9, 2009||Intel Processors|
|Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200||Rob Williams||December 29, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core i7 Performance Preview||Rob Williams||November 3, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Fall Processor Pricing – Finding the Best Bang for the Buck||Rob Williams||September 5, 2008||AMD Processors, Intel Processors|
|Intel Opens Up About Larrabee||Rob Williams||August 4, 2008||Intel Processors, Video Cards|
|Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz||Rob Williams||April 29, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 – The New Budget Superstar?||Rob Williams||April 21, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Intel Details Nehalem, Dunnington, Tukwila & Larrabee||Rob Williams||March 17, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Building an Affordable “Skulltrail” System||Rob Williams||February 20, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Intel Skulltrail Enthusiast Platform Preview||Rob Williams||February 4, 2008||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz – Wolfdale Arrives||Rob Williams||January 30, 2008||Intel Processors|
|CES 2008: Intel Announces Sixteen 45nm Processors||Rob Williams||January 7, 2008||Consumer Electronics Show, Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Performance Preview||Rob Williams||November 19, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 – The 45nm Era Begins||Rob Williams||October 29, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core B3-Revision||Rob Williams||August 17, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Quad-Core||Rob Williams||July 16, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Preview||Rob Williams||June 25, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Penryn and Nehalem New Details||Rob Williams||March 28, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600||Rob Williams||February 19, 2007||Intel Processors|
|Intel Pentium 820 D 2.8GHz 90nm Dual Core||Rob Williams||June 5, 2006||Intel Processors|