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

To test today we are using our overclocked speed of 4.8ghz. We will compare against a variety of systems and processors we have tested in the past, listed below.

Main Test System:

Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K @ 4.8ghz
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 WS WorkStation
Cooler: Corsair H100
Memory
: 8GB Corsair Dominator GT8 2400mhz memory
Graphics Card
: AMD HD7770 CrossfireX
Power Supply
: ADATA 1200W
Optical Drive
: Asus BluRay Drive
Chassis
: Cooler Master Cosmos 2
Monitors
: Dell U3011, 3x Ilyama ProLite E2472HDD
Boot Drive: Crucial C300 128GB SSD
Secondary Drive: Patriot 240GB Pyro SE

Comparison Systems:

Intel i7 3960X EE
Motherboard
: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Cooler
: Antec H20 920
Memory
: 8GB Corsair Dominator GT 2400mhz memory
Power Supply
: Enermax Platimax 1200W
Optical Drive
: Asus BluRay Drive
Chassis
: Lian Li PC-A77FR Aluminium Red Full Tower Case
Monitors
: Dell U3011, 3x Ilyama ProLite E2472HDD
Boot Drive: Patriot WildFire 120GB
Secondary Drive: 1TB Samsung

Intel i7 3820
Motherboard
: ASRock Extreme4-M
Cooler: Intel reference cooler
Memory: 8GB Corsair GTX8 @ 2133mhz
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W
Chassis: Lian Li PC60
Monitors: Dell U3011/La Cie 730
Boot Drive: Crucial C300
Secondary Drive: Patriot Pyro SE 240GB

AMD FX 8150 Black Edition
Processor: AMD FX 8150 Black Edition
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Memory: G-SKill Ripjaws 1600mhz 8GB (2x 4GB)
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W
Chassis: SilverStone Raven 3
Boot Drive: Intel 40GB SSD
Secondary Drive: Patriot 120GB WildFire

Intel Core i7 990X
Processor
: Intel Core i7 990x
Cooler: Corsair H100
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Assassin
Memory: Kingston HyperX 6GB
Drives: Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
Chassis: Antec Twelve Hundred

Intel Core i7 2700k
Processor
: Intel Core i7 2700k
Cooling: ThermalTake Frio OCK
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Z68 Motherboard
Chassis: Silverstone Raven 3.
Power Supply: Corsair 850W.
Memory: Corsair 1600mhz memory
Storage: Intel 80GB SSD (boot) / Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD.

Intel Core i7 2600k
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen 3
Cooler: Intel XTS-100H
Memory: ADATA 1600mhz DDR3 8GB (2x4GB)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Boot Drive: Intel 510 SSD 250GB

Intel Core i5 2500k
Processor: Intel Core i7 2500k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Z68 Motherboard
Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 CPU Cooler
Memory: Corsair 1600mhz memory 8GB (2x4GB)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W.
Boot Drive: Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD.

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Memory: G-SKill Ripjaws 1600mhz 8GB (2x 4GB)
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W
Chassis: SilverStone Raven 3
Boot Drive: Intel 40GB SSD
Secondary Drive: Patriot 120GB WildFire

The game results will be compared against our primary Kitguru graphics card workbench, which features a Core i7 970 overclocked to 4.6ghz. Specifications are below. We overclock the 3930K on the P9X79 motherboard to the same speeds for these tests (4.6ghz).

We test the games at real world settings, instead of 800×600 or 1024×768, because we want to see the benefits moving to this newer system will give you in the ‘real world’ at realistic, enthusiast based high resolution settings.

We know that variables will often be larger at very low resolutions, but it means very little to a gamer buying one of these systems. No one plays games at 800×600 anymore.

Main Game System for comparison:
Processor
: Core i7 970 @ 4.6ghz
Cooling: Coolit Vantage
Motherboard: MSI X58A-GD65
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
Memory: 6GB ADATA @ 2133mhz 9-10-9-32
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB Gen 2 SSD (Storage) / Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB (OS boot)

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