Intel Sandy Bridge E 3960X CPU Reviewed

CPU by leeghoofd @ 2011-11-14

It's getting close to Christmas, new hardware is coming right at ya at the speed of light. Only a few weeks back Intels main rival AMD, launched it's brand new Bulldozer CPU. Targeted at the entry and mainstream audience and should have been a rival for Intels 2500K and 2600K. Sadly for AMD, depending on the program it would be either close to or miles behind the competitors processors. But you can read more on that story in the previous articles. Today the big silicon firm launches it's brand new X79 chipset, sporting a big 2011 pin socket and SB-E CPU. This is Intel's replacement for the aging X58 socket 1366 CPUs. No more triple channel rams, but we go one step beyond, meaning the socket 2011 is optimized for quad channel configurations. Big thanks to Intel to send the Shrimps one of the rare press kits. Time to see what this new technology brings to it's end users.

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Intels Active Thermal Solution RTS2011LC

Asetek seems to be on a roll, first we saw their lineup pop up with the Corsair Hydro series (H50 and 70 models), then a pimped version at Antecs cooling department. About a month back with AMD FX and now finally with big blue Intel. In fact thismodel is a merge between the Hydro 70 and the Antec 920 cooler. Using the radiator of the first and the pump and tubing of the latter. Sadly Intel only includes one fan and the reason for that is quite simple. If they had included two in the box. And if you would be using tall RAM dimms on the X79 platform, then you would run into installation/clearance issues. The dimms would touch the radiator. If you use low profile dimms like eg the Corsair Vengeance LP series or the G.Skill RipjawsZ, to just name a few, then there's no problem at all.




The radiator shares the same dimensions as the Hydro 70 ( core) from Corsair (150 x 118 x 38mm) Though the pump unit and tubing share more resemblance with the Antec 920 model.  This cooling unit is fully compatible with all Intel sockets, but socket 775.




The logo as with the FX model lights up, in yep you guessed it blue. The Copper base, according the Intel spec sheet, is improved over the previous Asetek designs. Mounting the RTS 2011LC on X79 is pretty straightforward, as it doesn't require a backplate to install.




How it performs we will find out later... time to fire this thing up

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Comment from Gamer @ 2011/11/14
Nice one Leeghoofd !!!
Comment from Teemto @ 2011/11/15
Indeed, where does he find the time