Intel Core i7 3820 Review: $285 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge E
17 June 2012
Conclusion: I see three reasons why you'd want the Core i7 3820: 1. You need PCIe 3.0 today and/or you need more PCIe lanes than a Core i7 2600K can provide, 2. You need tons of memory bandwidth for a particular application, 3. You want a 2600K but you need a platform that can support more memory (32GB+).
Summary: The attractive sub-$300 price tag of the i7-3820 helps fill the void between extreme speed and price of the i7-3960X and still relatively high-priced i7-3930K. The scarcity and inconsistent pricing of the i7-3930K along with the insanely priced i7-3960X sent many potential adopters into a hold...
Intel Core i7 3820 / X79 Platform - How much Memory is Ideal?
30 March 2012
Summary: While setting up Gigabyte's latest Intel X79 motherboard on the PCSTATS test bench a few week ago, we found ourselves wondering; "what's the ideal amount of memory to use in a Intel Core i7 3820 'Sandy Bridge-E' platform these days?
Conclusion: As we have explained in the past, it's very hard to isolate a single component within a system. While we try to keep as many of the components static throughout the testing environment, it's impossible to keep everything the same.
Summary: Final Thoughts
When the LGA2011 processors and Intel X79 motherboards were released it was quite expensive to get into. The Core i7-3930K sells for about $600 and you will be paying over $200 for an Intel X79 motherboard.
Pros: – Price, – PCIExpress 3.0 with 40 lanes, – QuadChannel DDR3, – 10MB Cache, – Easy overclocking because of the Gear Ratio feature
Cons: – Not a fully unlocked processor, – You lose Intel’s QuickSync technology if moving from LGA1155
Summary: Who said all good things come in 3 fold ? Today we introduce Intel's youngest offering in the SnB-e lineup. The i7-3820 is not a hexacore like it's two bigger brothers ; the 3930K and 3960X. But a Quadcore version for the socket 2011 platform.
Summary: The Intel Core i7 3820’s performance tiered well with the other Extreme processor. As an entry X79 processor, the performance was better than the high end 2600K.
I have always been a system upgrader. This meant that I take part prices into consideration more than a "total" system price.
Summary: To be fair, the i7-3960X isn't all that impressive when gaming either, though it's at least on par with the 2600K. I believe the SB-E parts struggle here because they have inferior memory performance to the 2500K and 2600K.