Intel Sandy Bridge-E i7-3820 CPU Review

CPU by leeghoofd @ 2012-03-01

Who said all good things come in 3 fold ? Today we introduce Intel's youngest offering in the SnB-e lineup. The i7-3820 is not a hexacore like it's two bigger brothers ; the 3930K and 3960X. But a Quadcore version for the socket 2011 platform. This allows Intel to launch it at a far more affordable price then the two previous mentioned socket 2011 models. Thus making the i7-3820 maybe a perfect replacement CPU for the socket 1366 Bloomfield CPU's. But the competition is fierce, not from AMD, but within Intel's own lineup. What has this i7-3820 more to offer then eg a similar priced 2600K SnB ? After a brief introduction about this i7-3820 we are continuing straight to the results to spot any noteworthy performance differences.

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Test Setup

Test Setup :


Intel DX79SI "Siler" Mainboard 0424 bios

Corsair H100 CPU cooler

Corsair 4 x 2GB ram PC12800 C8-8-8-24 1T

GTX480 700/1848Mhz Nvidia 285.38 Beta driver (x2)

Western Digital 1Tb Caviar Green HDD

Corsair AX1200 PSU

Corsair Carbide 500R case

Windows 7 SP1 Fully patched








We also retested the other two CPUs for this review, as we received a new bios (0424) for the Intel Siler board, again improving performance and stability then the previous biosses. 

Let's turn the page to take a look at the stock results. First the basic comparison with older technology. Then we insert newer benchmarks versus a more modern processor lineup.

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