With the arrival of the new Intel Xeon 2687W eight-core monster, we're getting a taste of the multi-core future we've been missing.
Is it a case of incremental updates all along the line, or has MSI done enough to put this X79-based board in another class?
UPDATEDGigabyte's task is to deliver quality and performance where it matters while not going overboard on the corner cutting.
Hot on the heels of the top-end AMD chipset, the FX990, is a little Intel lovin' by way of Sapphire's brand new Pure Black X79N.
Intel, with even less of a fanfare than it made for the muted launch of the Sandy Bridge E platform, has now unleashed the quad-core iteration of its top-end chips, the Intel Core i7 3820. Finally a CPU that doesn't cost the same amount as some full PCs.
The point is that this cheaper Sandy Bridge E gives you everything the top chip delivers for a lot less money. There's absolutely no reason to spend. We're not completely convinced even this truly means the 3930K is good value for money. But it's still a very fast processor and the chip we'd buy if we had a big budget.
It's a properly new chip, not an upclocked respin of an existing design. It even comes with a new socket and chipset, known respectively as LGA2,011 and Intel X79. But there's another side to the story of this chip, otherwise known as Sandy Bridge E. And it's symptomatic of a broader problem with the PC platform.
This morning Intel launched its latest range of Sandy Bridge E processors and brand-spanking new X79 motherboard chipset. It's not messing around; these are the fastest desktop CPUs that have ever passed across our test benches.
Asus's RoG boards are all very well if money's no object. Back in the real world, the Sabertooth series offers a much more realistic compromise between performance, features and price. The chipset cooling and overclocking support look very solid. We certainly squeezed some great numbers out of the new Core i7-3960X.