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If this has been asked before, sorry I didn't see it. But can anyone let me know what the difference is between a 3960x ES and a regular 3960x. I'm sure it means it's an engineering sample, but how does that make it different then a standard chip?
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Technically it should be the same chip but with ES version you could always have some features turned off, different clocks etc.

Also afaik ES SB-E chips require much more voltage to hit certain clocks than retail steppings.
 
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post #3 of 3
ES stands for engineering sample as you have said. They can differ in terms of voltage needed to operate, thermal specs, overclocking ability.
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