Core i7 3960x is the perfect chip for those wanting speed, less heat, and plenty of room to OC.
Arial Moss Robison, Amazon
1 May 2015
Summary: I have been running the CPU in conjunction with the X79 Asus Sabertooth for a little over a year now. It is a fantastic chip. I have had several people ask why I spent so much money on a 6 core chip when I could have purchased an 8 core model.
Summary: Performance quality at performance price. Yes, this is an expensive chip. The extra cache is great, and is where the cost is. I had issue with the motherboard not liking this CPU, however upon investigation it was the RAM causing the issues and the error code was wrong.
Summary: Running this since 2 FEB 2012. It was a bit pricy for my first pure Intel build, but I feel now as though it was worth the investment. I have had ZERO issues with it since install and my PC runs 24/7/365 with normal reboots and outage.
Summary: I would recommend this or the 4960 to anyone wanting a killer computer and to use water cooling to get the most out of it.
Pros: When I bought this it was king of the hill and I still love it. It can run everything I throw at it and never bogs down. Its great at virtual machines also running many at the same time without problem. It does run hot when any overclock is attempted but is fine when no overclocking. It is easy t...
Cons: It was updated to Ivy bridge just weeks after I bought it. Price is way to high
Summary: To be honest its all about the complete package. Spend some serious time researching your other components. make sure you are buying high end top performing mother board, RAM, drives, video cards, and controllers. When I built my rig out it cost me almost 6K and I bought everything from newegg.com.
Pros: I can sweat this thing.... I left it stock (no overclocking) and even running GNS3, VM Workstation 10 and about a dozen virtual machines, virtual switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers I barely got above 33% utilization. on a normal day teh thing is barely registering. Running games it ...
Cons: Its not really a con but Price. honestly if your dropping 1K on a CPU you are probably not worried about this.
Summary: Thoughts from a completely neutral datacenter engineer: - Comparing a $200 AMD CPU to this chip is laughable. If you are buying $200 CPUs, you have no business even looking at this page. Don't kid yourself.
Pros: Fact: the 3960X/3970X/4960X are the fastest desktop CPUs in existence. Period. There's no question, no matter of test setups or threading/lack thereof that can dispute that. There's nothing from AMD that even plays in the same league. If you must have the best, these chips are it. My 3960X is run...
Cons: $1000+ is ludicrously expensive for any desktop processor, no matter how fast. Then again, like me, most of us who run this CPU didn't have to pay for it. If you have to spend money to get a CPU, get the 3930k and overclock it. You'll be just as fast as we are.
Summary: AMD chip users that don't own an Intel chip,need to stick to things they know something about. When I read reviews, I disregard ones that don't own the product they are reviewing. If you got the cash buy it.
Pros: Fast and tough. I have my cpu liquid cooled,I have had it running at 4.9ghz. Temp at 100% load, 12 threads, mid 70c.