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Intel Second Generation Core i7 3820 Review

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#1 bp9801


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:43 PM

We have another Intel processor on the test bench today, providing a more budget friendly option for those thinking of using the X79 platform. Join OCC reviewer ccokeman as he takes a look at the Intel Second Generation Core i7 3820 - http://www.overclock...el_corei7_3820/

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:29 PM

If I didn't recently upgrade to LGA 1155, I would have completely gone for this.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:51 PM

If I didn't recently upgrade to LGA 1155, I would have completely gone for this.

If I didn't already have a 3930K I would have definitely grabbed this as well. The wait was just a little too long for me :glare:

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:27 AM

Hey Coke can you give us some of the settings you used on the various overclocks you tested. When I did my testing I was able to hit 4.0 with no tweaking other than a multiplier bump. I am curious what tweaking you had to do for 4.3 with multiplier and the other levels.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:34 AM

This is great Frank! Thanks!! I just might wait until i can afford one of these instead of "cheaping" out on an i5-2500k! Lol

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:32 AM

I think I will stay one generation behind Intel on my next upgrade, with those prices I don't wanna upgrade.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:57 AM

Very good processor which gives best hale for bucks. I think 3820+any x79 board can marginally beat 2600K+z68 combo.