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So, with the introductions out of the way, we really should move on to the delicious hardware. First up, four of Intel’s i7 3960X Extreme Edition – the highest end in their launch range of Sandybridge-E CPU’s. These chips were all Intel’s latest C1-Stepping, and represent what consumers will be seeing once Sandybridge-E is formally released later this year.

A killer feature of SandyBridge-E and the X79 platform is Quad-Channel memory, so of course for this session the BenchTec team were keen to push this feature as far as they could. GSkill felt they were up to the awesome channel of doing Sandybridge-E justice, and generously provided a set of 16GB kits for the session. We’re reliably informed they “‘clocked like crazy”.



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do want GD65...!! looks like they might be making a Marshal too: "A Big Bang X79 is very likely, leveraging the larger EATX or XL-ATX form factors for Quad-SLI and other perks suitable for those on the bleeding edge."
    
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We were impressed by the stable benchmarks seen throughout the day. Although more than capable, the testers weren’t seeking to push the CPU’s as far as they would go simply for a CPU-Z screenshot, as if an arbitrary number would be valuable for the likely end-user. Instead, a rigorous investigation (as time allowed) of system stability conservative overclocks were conducted to gain an insight of achievable performance and platform weaknesses. Despite the pre-release nature of the boards results were impressive, even whilst key frustrations such as long POST times could be relayed back to the engineers directly.

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We’re left with one final question – who should upgrade to X79? Well, the obvious answer is anyone currently utilising X58. The improvements in architecture from Nehelem to Sandybridge were significant and Sandybridge-E builds further on these. Those who require enormous memory bandwidth will relish what X79 brings to the table over both X58 and Z68, and the true overclocking enthusiast will appreciate the tweaking potential possible with SB-E and MSI’s improved UEFI BIOS. MSI’s X79 range will be a strong successor to X58.
Good to know, I've been undecided if I want to go for SB-E.
Edited by 2010rig - 10/19/11 at 1:38am
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I like how it says it's awesome and all but where are some actual benchmark results or even overclocking figures ?
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It would be awesome if Intel made a mainstream unlocked hex-core for say the price of a 2500K, But we will probably never see that.

But i can't blame them, There hex cores are beasts!! Of course it would be expensive and enthusiast.
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Am I the onlyone seeing Optimus Prime on that mobo?
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If these are the low end and midrange boards, gd45 gd65. Well then i hope they are priced accordingly and perform amazing. Also there is still gd 80 and bigbang?

Cant wait for motherboard makers clash for the top spot again.
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Am I the onlyone seeing Optimus Prime on that mobo?
I see optimus prime on that Mb to> i sure hope i can afford SB-E would love to upgrade my computer next year. Sorry AMD you are falling behind.
    
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I CANNOT wait for my X79 build
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The board itself looks nice though the brown PCB isn't my thing, but I like the 8 DIMM slots and the rest of the board looks nice.
    
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This will be my next upgrade
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