Summary: Awesome for gaming and video and/or image editing. Sure you can get a overclockable 6 core i7-3970X. But that still can't beat this 8 core processor. Remember that a pc has many other processes running in the background while you are gaming.
Pros: 8 cores Turbo mode to 3.8 ghz
Cons: Can not overclock Only supports 1600 memory. ( Memory can be overclocked in bios of motherboard).
Summary: These are a great buy for those who need the power. The rest of the people can settle for Intel's 2011 or 1155 Core i7 series. If Intel released multiplier unlocked 2600 series Xeons, I'd be first in line to get them.
Pros: These are incredibly fast. I use 2 of them in a Supermicro X9DAE board with 256GB of ram. I get a cinebench score of 26.10. These processors will handle anything that you throw at them. I use dual Corsair H80i's for cooling.
Cons: Price. Really, almost 2 grand? I suppose with no competition at the top, Intel can charge whatever they want.
Summary: More a comment on Amazon's delivery failure. Product was delivered in a soft-bubble envelope, upon opening, the retail package was smashed, but the chip appeared to be intact due to the plastic protector. However, after opening , I noticed that the label on the chip said "i7-3820".
Pros: I own one! (Its still boxed, waiting for the machine to drop it into). I'm excited to see what this thing can do (Will be used in an HP Z420 Workstation as an ESX5.1 host.) Saved over $1200 ordering this processor after the fact on new egg instead of purchasing during the custom HP build. Will po...
Cons: To the average Proc buyer, this would be a very, very expensive purchase, that they probably wouldn't be able to utilize fully. But I'm going to tax it heavily, and I SAVED money buying this on new egg vs during the HP build.......so not a Con for me.
Summary: its pretty cheap if your a budget gamer i reccomend this. Internet explorer runs great. the real tester is minecraft, it runs it okay but you might have trouble if you play it too long. All in all its just alright, i wouldnt recommend this for somebody who can afford something better