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Intel Core i7 3930K & Asus P9X79 WS LGA2011 WorkStation Review

Rating: 9.0.

The latest Intel Core i7 processors are class leading performers and we have already reviewed the i7-3820 and flagship i7-3960X Extreme Edition. Today we are looking at the 3930K which should offer much of the 3960X performance, at almost half the price. To power the system today we thought it was a good time to look at the Asus P9X79 WS Workstation motherboard. This follows in the footsteps of our previous Asus Rampage IV Extreme and P9X79 Deluxe motherboard reviews.

There is no doubt that the Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition is the CPU to rule them all right now, but the asking price of £800+ in the United Kingdom is enough to make grown men cry and credit cards cower in fear. The Core i7 3930K is available for £445 inc vat, which is certainly more palatable. The big question is, can it get close to the 3960X after we trash it to within an inch of its life?

Asus really need no introduction, they genuinely make some of the finest motherboards known to man, and the Asus P9X79 WS will hopefully complete the trinity of high performance X79 boards that we have reviewed to date. Asus introduced the ‘workstation’ line of motherboards with the X58 series, with three models in the lineup – the WS Supercomputer, WS Revolution and WS Professional. These boards could cope with Xeon chips, as well as the mainstream Core i7 range.

Today we aim to test the system in a highly overclocked state and then with two of the most recently released AMD graphics cards in Crossfire. How will this new system compare to our long standing overclocked Core i7 970 system?

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  • Janis

    Absolutely brilliant review, very interesting to see them both at 4.8ghz when rendering. That L3 cache does make a difference.

    wish I could afford the 3930k. but id need to change my motherboard as well……. still when I get £800 this will be the changes!

  • Nicholas

    Very informative review and the pictures of the mobo are great. glad I found the site today.

    I feel sorry for AMD, I remember when they were closely matched, but sadly no more 🙁

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  • amythompson

    Fantastic read. I can only speak for the Intel Core i7 3930k —
    While the product itself is great, it doesn’t include a cooling fan, necessitating the purchase of an aftermarket cooler. As of Dec. 6th, there are only a few compatible fans available on the market and Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH80) is the only one that I know of that Amazon carries. Buyer beware!

  • Ian

    Nice system, love asus motherboards, this one has a passively cooled northbridge too which is better than the others. I hate seeing small fans blocked by graphics cards.

  • Julia

    AMD where are you? I long for the days of good FX processors. That 8150 was a disaster. double the cores of 2600k and still slower 🙁

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  • Roma

    Great review! Now I have both devices in my computer. I’m waiting a opportunity to get a ideal power suply and enjoy this awsome configuration!