MojoKid writes: "When Intel launched their high-end Sandy Bridge-E platform recently, the company also quietly launched a new midrange quad-core. The new Core i7-3820 is based on the very same die as the higher-end Core i7-3960X, but two more of its cores and some cache have been disabled. Whereas the Core i7-3960X has six active cores (eight total, two disabled) and 15MB of shared SmartCache, the Core i7-3820 has four active cores (8 threads with Intel HyperThreading) and 10MB of shared cache. Unfortunately the new chip doesn't offer much in the way of a performance boost over the previous generation Core i7-2700K, but it does offer more integrated PCI Express connectivity (Gen 3.0 compatible eventually once validated by Intel), more memory bandwidth (quad-channel vs. dual-channel), more on-chip cache, and it's paired to Intel's latest X79 chipset."
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