Autore: Tech of Tomorrow
Updated: September 3, 2013
Since some smarmy sites decided to once again act gung-ho and break the NDA early, you may have already seen some information about Intel’s latest entry into the high-end foray with the all new Ivy-Bridge E, but since these sites had neither the correct CPU or support, the reviews are skewed in a bad way and just a jab at Intel for not getting their way.
Like most of the respectable writers in this field I held my breath and awaited the pre-prescribed NDA to launch my reviews and am just glad my readers understand why we are posting now and your support is what drives me at the end of the day. That said here we go with our twist and take on the Core i7-4960X.
I really feel that what most users really want to know is if this platform is worth them spending the extra cash on over a similar Haswell setup and why. Pricing for top of the line CPUS from Intel always hovers at around the 1K price point and it has been that way since the day they started selling CPUs. I have said this before, but in all actuality if Intel wanted to play the inflation card, although it may not be popular it would not be that big a thing to swallow.
The thing is Intel has maintained that price point for the high-end desktop without a price increase. A small, but nonetheless valid point that many times gets completely overlooked in the big picture. Inflation is real and has been seen in the form of higher gas prices to food at the market with a much higher price tag attached.
The High End Desktop Platform is not geared for the gamer who just plays his/her games at 1080p and uses a single video card as the sole solution, and if this describes you, well if you’re the type that’s just into finding out the information to knows what’s what, keep reading. One of the nicest things about this launch is the fact that in order to use the new 6-core 22nm CPU, one does not require a motherboard update; only a BIOS flash to help the X79 motherboard recognize the new architecture of the i7-4960X.
In my eyes this is a solid move by Intel as someone who wants to invest in a whole new motherboard just to use a new CPU, as the cost of the motherboard is not cheap and any savings on an upgrade path will be good savings. The CPU will hit the market in 3 flavors, each with a different price point: The top dog i7-4960X will be priced at around $ 1000 ($ 990 is the Intel quoted price), the 17-4930 at $ 555.00 and the entry-level i7-4820K (Quad Core) at around $ 310.00 and prices will vary slightly from various sellers. Now let’s talk a little bit about the technology behind the CPUs and what they do performance wise against the former Sandy Bridge-E and the Haswell Core I7-4770K.