Intel Core i7-3930K Review


Intel Core i7-3930K Review


So the Intel Core i7-3930K. Following exhaustive and extensive testing we only have one question uppermost in our mind.

Who on earth would bother to buy the i7-3960X?

When we tested the i7-3960X it was a quantum leap ahead in all of our CPU based results and we were left stunned by how much Intel had managed to improve upon the already excellent i7-990X. Of course it was brutally expensive as all top-end Intel CPUs are.

The Core i7-3930K is, and let there be no doubt at all about this, just as mind-blowing in performance but for only 60% of the cost.

At stock we're talking a couple of percentage points behind its bigger brother. You could buy this, drop it in to a X79 board of your choice, and have more power available than you could know what to do with. Overclocking is a similar story and although it doesn't hit the same heights as the i7-3960X it's still unquestionably within touching distance despite the 150MHz deficit.

If you looked at the £800 i7-3960X and dreamt about owning that power but couldn't afford it, the £450 i7-3930K is, as far as we can tell, the same processor. There is no reason to spend the extra money. What exactly is your £350 buying? Well it's buying a 6 instead of a 3, a X instead of a K, and 3MB of cache. Do you want to pay £100 per megabyte of cache for no discernible difference? Us neither.

Yes we could go on about how great it is, but what's the point. It's stunning. Sell your granny and a kidney. You're getting so much performance it's almost a bargain and so near to its bigger brother it has nearly rendered it pointless. We're delighted to award the Intel Core i7-3930K our Gold Award.


Thanks to Intel for supplying the i7-3930K for review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

17-02-2012, 12:37:21

tom whats going on with the ram performance dude?Quote

17-02-2012, 12:38:44

Yeah the 3960X is pointless.Same results at nearly half the price.Quote

17-02-2012, 13:00:31

3960x to me is just for bragging rights, "oooooo looook, i've got the best 2011 processor in my rig hehe"

The 3960x is not worth it, 3930k is just perfect Quote

17-02-2012, 13:03:54

i couldn't agree more with your conclusion dude

if i never had the SR-X in the pipeline, this is the route i would take Quote

17-02-2012, 13:04:49

good to know i choose the right oneQuote

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