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I am planning to get either a 3960x or a 3970x. But before i do, i want to confirm a few thing about these chips:



  • Both of them support PCI 3.0 right?
  • Also, both of them can support at least 2400Mhz RAM speed right?





The official information from Intel is that they can only support RAM speed of up to 1600Mhz.. That is ironic considering 3000Mhz ram are now already launching.
Edited by overclockerz - 3/30/13 at 3:47am
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Yes they both support PCI-E 3.0.

You will only lt get 2400mhz RAM if you are very lucky, most SB-E top out at 2133mhz. From what i have seen the 3970x does better at getting 2400mhz.

Other wise get a 3930k and use the saved money to get watercooling or a better GPU/SSD etc.
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Yes they both support PCI-E 3.0.

You will only lt get 2400mhz RAM if you are very lucky, most SB-E top out at 2133mhz. From what i have seen the 3970x does better at getting 2400mhz.

Other wise get a 3930k and use the saved money to get watercooling or a better GPU/SSD etc.

Agreed with driftingforlife, are you really going to need the performance benefits of the 3960x or the 3970x? If not definitely go with the 3930k and invest in a watercooling loop or AIO CPU Cooler.

When I lived in Singapore due to the heat and humidity I realised that installing an AIO cooler for my CPU reduced my temps quite significantly

I am currently running a 3930k with a Swiftech H220 and could not be happier.
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2400+ MHz Ram is really made for Ivy/Haswell not so much SB-E. You can certainly get 2133 and depending on the IMC you get maybe 2400.

And yeah, unless you really need that extra little cache, grab the 3930k, a nice loop, and overclock.
 
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