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No matter how good the quad-core/eight-thread Sandy Bridge chips have been, there are always those who want more, and Intel has historically proven to be more than willing and able to cater to this market. For the last 18 months, the six-core/twelve-thread Gulftown processors have been the flagship parts when it comes to overall processing ability, but that changes today with the launch of the Sandy Bridge-E LGA2011 platform.
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Overclocking on Sandy Bridge-E is very similar to mainstream Sandy Bridge, except for the fact that it’s generally better in every way. There is more bus speed headroom, the memory overclocking is drastically improved, and there is the awesome new Gear Ratio feature that acts as an additional master multiplier for both the processor and memory. First, the Gear Ratio (or Reference Gear Ratio / Host Clock Multiplier) comes in three flavours: 1.00, 1.25X, and 1.66X. How you use it is simple. Let’s say you are using a 40X CPU multiplier, 100MHz bus speed, and your memory is running at DDR3-1600. If you switch the Gear Ratio from 1.00X to 1.25X, your processor overclock will jump from 4.0GHz to 5.0GHz, your memory speed will increase from DDR3-1600 to DDR3-2000, and your bus speed will stay at 100MHz. So you can achieve a huge overclock without having changed the CPU multiplier, memory multiplier, or bus speed. As a result, even the i7-3820, which is ‘partially locked’ and has 45X CPU multiplier cap, will be able to hit some otherworldly clock speeds. Our only slight disappointment is that the memory dividers are still in large 266MHz increments, but we will have to wait for Ivy Bridge before this situation is changed.
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with that high end of a processor why are they testing at 1680x1050? Other than that nice review been looking forward to the x79 platform for a while now:D
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Holy Cow! 6 cores at 4.9 GHz!!!! I want to see a Cinebench score! Will it hit over 15?? redface.gif:o
 
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So basically, for those interested in gaming, unless games come out that use the extra cores for sandy e, we are still ok with our existing i7 s.

Should we then wait for ivy??
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So basically, for those interested in gaming, unless games come out that use the extra cores for sandy e, we are still ok with our existing i7 s.
Should we then wait for ivy??

im waiting to see how it performs at ultra high rez this 1680x1050 testing is retarded people who buy this for gaming wont be doing it at that rez. I wanna see double tripple and quad sli/crossfire benches for it biggrin.gif
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im waiting to see how it performs at ultra high rez this 1680x1050 testing is retarded people who buy this for gaming wont be doing it at that rez. I wanna see double tripple and quad sli/crossfire benches for it biggrin.gif

It can't be bad wink.gif. You should wait to see how it performs with Kepler and the new AMD cards. That is where this should shine.
 
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What I'm really interested is in overclocking. Even the 3820 can reach otherworldly speeds with the new features.
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They did the tests at lower resolution because lower resolutions is where the CPU makes the largest difference. At the higher resolutions the GPU is what makes the largest impact, and minor CPU differences will be ironed out. Using a low resolution will show any performance gap there may be much better than a higher resolution will.
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They did the tests at lower resolution because lower resolutions is where the CPU makes the largest difference. At the higher resolutions the GPU is what makes the largest impact, and minor CPU differences will be ironed out. Using a low resolution will show any performance gap there may be much better than a higher resolution will.

that is true however i feel if they were running them low for that reasion then why not go lower like alot of sites do 1680x1050 is an odd rez for that sort of testing
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They did the tests at lower resolution because lower resolutions is where the CPU makes the largest difference. At the higher resolutions the GPU is what makes the largest impact, and minor CPU differences will be ironed out. Using a low resolution will show any performance gap there may be much better than a higher resolution will.


I think we should make these things a sticky to avoid confusion. A pure CPU bottleneck test is done at 1024 resolution. That is where the CPU shows its muscles. I agree that the 1600 test was done to put more load on the chip rather than the GPU. Seeing how well it performs at 1600 it can only shine at 2500 provided the GPUs don't hold it back smile.gif.
 
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