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Intel Core i7-3740QM

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3 September 2013
  • Conclusion: Of course, a lot of this buying logic circles around whether you already own an X79 motherboard. If you’re simply looking at prebuilt systems, then all else is equal. But for upgraders or builders who don’t need the extra features of the X79 chipset and are just looking for fast, affordable all-around performance for common tasks (as well as some video editing or other heavy-lifting CPU-heavy tasks), the Core i7-4770K is plenty speedy, much cheaper, and compatible with...
  • Pros: Fastest consumer CPU available, as of late summer 2013, Same LGA2011 socket as previous-generation chips, Fair overclocking headroom (at least in our sample)
  • Cons: Expensive, like all Extreme Edition CPUs, Modest performance boost at stock speeds versus Core i7-3970X, Won't work in Intel-made LGA2011 motherboards
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