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Intel Core i7-3930K vs Core i7-3820 vs FX-8150 vs 990X vs 2700K Review

Intel Core i7-3930K vs Core i7-3820 vs FX-8150 vs 990X vs 2700K Review

Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme Core i7-3930K and Core i7-3820 vs AMD FX-8150, Core i7-2700K and Core i7-990X

Test System and Methodology

Intel Core i7-3930K
Intel Core i7-3820
Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel Core i7-990X
Intel Core i7-2700K
AMD FX-8150

ASRock X79 Extreme 4

Gigabyte X58A-UD7
ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Gen3
ASUS Crosshair V Formula


4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866
2x GeForce GTX 590 3GB

Intel 2011 Liquid Cooler
AMD FX Liquid Cooler
Antec 920 Liquid Cooler
Noctua Paste

Corsair AX1200 PSU
OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD (OS)

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
Roccat Kone[+]
SteelSeries 7H Headset

Forceware 290.53
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DirectX 11
Intel 9.2 Chipset
Intel SRT 10.6/3.0
Realtek 2.67 Audio

SiSoft Sandra
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Cinebench R11.5
3DMark 11
Adove Master Suite CS5.5
dBpoweramp
PowerDVD 11

Google Chrome
Flash Player 11
Fraps
CPUz
Skyrim

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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