For MSI users: apparently you can't overclock a broadwell e processor on an msi board yet. My bios OC settings just won't show on Windows, cpuz, coretemp, command center or anything else. And I have the latest bios that I tried to reflash but that didn't do anything. Quite a waste of 550 for a stock processor running, gimped board. Hopefully msi will release bios updates or I'm back to ASUS.
I just decided to go with the good old 5820. With what I have read, I think it could be easier to keep it around 4.3 GHz. But if you can wait some weeks, it would be easier to choose with more reviews.
Yeah I mean I think its totally reasonably to get the 5820k. No question you are paying 25% extra for not much, maybe 10% performance. That said, if you have $400 dollars to spend and already have a decent cooling system, I think the 6800k is the best $400 processor. On the other hand the $80 difference might by better spent upgrading the cooling, say going from an H50 to a kraken x61 or similar.
Now we need to know voltages at stock, power use on stock, preferably also voltages and power use with Turbo disabled. And also temperatures, to get some ideas how well would work air cooling in comparison to 5820K.
If you have AIDA, run AIDA FPU test, and post power and voltage screenshot.
I don't have AIDA - but I can run whatever else you need me to -
My cooler is a Corsair H115i - idling at 30 degrees
I bumped it up to 4.5 and BSOD almost immediately - I'm fine at 4.4 , I'm going to benchmark and see the gains on this chip from 3.4 to 4.4 - for what I use it for, editing, rendering, etc.
If anyone has questions, fire away.
Where are you guys all getting your chips? The 6900k has been sold out everywhere I check! Newegg has some third parties selling, but obviously at a silly markup.
Newegg does have the 6900K in stock, but they're forcing you to purchase a combo deal to get one. If you live near a microcenter you can call them and ask, the local one here had a couple 6900K yesterday even though it's not listed on the website. SL also has some in stock.
I wish Intel would seed retailers with plenty of stock before launch, even if it causes a week of delay. Scalpers and such are very annoying.