Originally Posted by kweechy
But at least before the EE was the way to get the highest OC. Now with the 3930K, there's literally no benefit.
This wasn't really a benefit before, except on extreme cooling.
Even the lowest clocked first gen i7s were not limited by their multipliers on air or water.
Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek
Why so many comments about lack of cores? If they tried to squeeze 8 cores onto this thing you can bet it would take a toll on the single threaded performance. Just look at the X6, those 6 cores sit sadly unused while i3's out single-thread them. Nobody buys an extreme series processor for server workloads, you buy server processors for that! Its not like they can just cram extra cores in there without a performance hit somewhere else.
It's like people complaining about GHz between different architecture.
I disagree with this entire post.
- AMD's Thubans and Intel's Gulftowns aren't sacrificing any singled threaded performance because of their "extra" cores. Indeed, they tend to achieve equal or even better
single threaded performance than chips of similar generation from the same manufacturer.
- Significant multithreading does not imply a "server" workload. Nor does a server need to use Opterons or Xeons. I use every one of my 6 physical/12 logical CPUs, and could make good use of many more. My system is not a server.
- XE processors are becoming required to do any serious OCing. I can most certainly make use of 8-cores, and I most certainly intend to OC the snot out of an CPU I get.Edited by Blameless - 8/20/11 at 11:45am