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Hi there I just ordered a 3930K from Newegg because I didn't see to much performance difference vs the 3960X. But now im debating if I should return it and get the 3960x. I heard the 3960x is better binned so does that mean it will overclock better and it also has 15mb of cache but don't know how much difference that makes. What do you guys think I should do. Thanks
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The X is a huge waste compared to the K. Keep the K. All you need
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If you dont know. Your not going to need it.
X79 is server based.
Z77 P77 h77 Are new, x79 is dead @ start. Only 6 core12 threaded apps or encodeding.

From the X to k , X ya better, But not = to cost in any way.
2500k or 2600k2700k is beter for power cunsomption. Like My i7 930. Overclock like 800 off wall. Dont need it to much, bf3 likes overclock but 4 core game, ht off.

What are your plans with pc!
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3930k is more then enough. You will have heaps of performance at your fingertips if you overclock it a little as well. Don't return it.
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Keep the 3930k.
    
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Originally Posted by GfhTattoo View Post

If you dont know. Your not going to need it.
X79 is server based.
Z77 P77 h77 Are new, x79 is dead @ start. Only 6 core12 threaded apps or encodeding.
From the X to k , X ya better, But not = to cost in any way.
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What are your plans with pc!

Stop spreading misinformation please.

X79 is an enthusiast chipset and will be around longer than 1155.

Furthermore, I don't know why you're comparing Z77 to X79... Two completely different performance spaces.
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Stop spreading misinformation please.
X79 is an enthusiast chipset and will be around longer than 1155.
Furthermore, I don't know why you're comparing Z77 to X79... Two completely different performance spaces.

Agreed, was wondering myself what he was talking about. Partly due to his poor writing skills.

@ OP: Stick with the 3930K mate, the 3960X being better binned is a myth. Once upon a time some years ago, extreme editions CPU's had advantages of an unlocked multiplier and being fabricated on better silicon. These days extreme editions actually make no sense, even i'm confused at Intel's moves with regards to their product line. 3960X vs 3960K involves 3MB extra L3 cache and a small bump in clockspeed, neither of which have any real bearing on actual performance, unless your a synthetic nut and even then you'd find it hard to differenciate. But a bump of 75% in premium! It's completely illogical. It has no advantage over the 3930K whatsoever, people seem to buy it purely for e-peen and nothing more.
 
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3960x is an excuse by intel to fill the 1000$ pricepoint, it looks like they wanted to roll out an 8 core for it but couldnt manage it in time so they put this excuse out there for 990 to wait for the real 999
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3960x is an excuse by intel to fill the 1000$ pricepoint, it looks like they wanted to roll out an 8 core for it but couldnt manage it in time so they put this excuse out there for 990 to wait for the real 999

That does seem highly likely, makes me wonder if an 8Core for X79 is coming ie: 3990x, even the name seems plausable lol

When you think about it, X58 did have two extreme editions and this is the platform set to replace it.
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post #10 of 25
Hardly any difference between the 3960X and the 3930k. The 3MB cache difference won't be noticeable, and the overclocks will be around the same ballpark.

It would make sense if Intel made the platform with a $1000 3990X 8 core, a $600 3960k 6 core, and a $300-350 3930k 4 core. They might not do it since their Xeon server line will have the full blown 8 core instead, which most likely has a higher margin than even these $1000 desktop processors.

I would love testing one of these 8 cores with unlocked multipliers and a custom watercooling loop to see how far I could go. I don't have any purpose for buying anything over a quad core right now though. You have to imagine what the TDP on the 8 core must be though... I hear that Intel has one of these coming out at 3.1ghz with a 150W TDP; an overclock would shoot that already high TDP through the roof.
    
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