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The obvious answer is that the 3960x is the fastest i7 for gaming, followed by the 30930k, 2700k, 2600k and finally the 2500k.

The real word difference between them all is disputable, i would think that the 3930k and 3960x would be very close, and then the 2500k, 2600k and 2700k would be very similar.

But (And im saying this with no proof to back it up) I would think there would be a difference between the 3000's and the 2000's.

Anyone have some benchies that say otherwise?
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Aside from the benchmarks in virtually every 3960k and 3930k review?
    
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The cache and memory latencies of the 3930/3960X are higher than that of the 2600/2700K. Also, overclock headroom is limited. Finally, most games don't use more than 2 cores, let alone 4.

For gaming, go with the 2600/2700K.
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The cache and memory latencies of the 3930/3960X are higher than that of the 2600/2700K. Also, overclock headroom is limited. Finally, most games don't use more than 2 cores, let alone 4.
For gaming, go with the 2600/2700K.

True but many games can take advantage of that large shared cache.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5091/intel-core-i7-3960x-sandy-bridge-e-review-keeping-the-high-end-alive/6

OC headroom might be limited due to the heat output but with good cooling, it can easily clock to 4.8-5GHz, as shown by my setup.
 
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post #35 of 84
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True but many games can take advantage of that large shared cache.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5091/intel-core-i7-3960x-sandy-bridge-e-review-keeping-the-high-end-alive/6
OC headroom might be limited due to the heat output but with good cooling, it can easily clock to 4.8-5GHz, as shown by my setup.

What kind of stability test did you do? [H] reports than SNB-E is unstable as hell, even at stock.
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post #36 of 84
To answer your title question, the i7 3960X should be the fastest (more cores, more cache, quad channel), but the different may not be noticeable (maybe 1 to 2 fps or maybe 0) depends on game. 3960x's performance doesn't worth the price for just gaming.
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WoW is probably like one, if not the, only dated game still played by tons of people where the 3960X would be obviously better in, but that's because the game is dated and is way more cpu reliant than gpu.

@OP if you like throwing hundreds of dollars away just to brag about how your dad can beat up everyone elses dad, then go for the 3960X.
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My vote goes for the 2500K. Why waste money for gaming? Even if you need it for school, I highly doubt the Hyperthreading will help you unless you're doing some type of analytical processing for Physics/Mechanical Engineering.
    
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post #39 of 84
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What kind of stability test did you do? [H] reports than SNB-E is unstable as hell, even at stock.

I agree with Clairvoyant129 . With good cooling the SB-E is very overclock able and my chip is no less unstable than my 2500k or 980X or even BD was. My personal experience is that my 3930K just "feels" faster with multitasking and desktop response and then in games my average and minimum FPS has also gone up and thus for me resulted in smoother online gameplay.

The biggest problem /concern i have with reviews is that they test the games with SP or the build in bench programs and this does not show the true power of CPU's during a session of BF3 MP for instance.

BF3 also uses all cores of my 3930K

OP in the end it is what you want, i was in the same situation as you but i can say i am very glad i went the way of the 3930K.
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i got a 3930k just for gaming...oops .....lol biggrin.gif
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