TechSpot: Intel Core i7-3820 Review - Sandy Bridge-E for the masses

Late last year when we reviewed the new Sandy Bridge-E processors, we mentioned a more affordable version called the Core i7-3820 was coming. Although information about the chip had been revealed, the processor has yet to hit shelves and is now expected to arrive later in February. Fortunately, sample units are being passed around ahead of general availability, so we don't have to wait to see how it stacks up.

The i7-3820 is particularly intriguing because of its sub-$300 retail price -- far less than other chips in the series. For instance, the Core i7-3960X has an MSRP of $999 and sells for more like $1,049, while the i7-3930K has an MSRP of $583 and is fetching $599 at e-tail. Both are six-core CPUs operating over 3GHz with massive 15MB and 12MB L3 caches.

At roughly half the price of the 3930K, we expected Intel to butcher the i7-3820, and while that's partially true, the 3820 remains an impressive specimen with four cores operating at 3.6GHz, a 10MB L3 cache and HyperThreading support. Compared to the similarly priced i7-2600K, the 3820 offers additional L3 cache, support for PCI Express 3.0, quad-channel memory and a platform that will take as much as 32GB of system memory.

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I'm holding out for an 8-core with HT ~3 Ghz processor before upgrading from my i7 920.

Thankfully, it's not like the i7 920 with 12 Gb RAM is struggling or anything, so that helps me wait.

chadlachlanross said,
I'm holding out for an 8-core with HT ~3 Ghz processor before upgrading from my i7 920.

Thankfully, it's not like the i7 920 with 12 Gb RAM is struggling or anything, so that helps me wait.

Amen Brother, Amen!

chadlachlanross said,
I'm holding out for an 8-core with HT ~3 Ghz processor before upgrading from my i7 920.

I'll be going with a dual socket workstation board with a standard 8 core Xeon in socket 1 and a Knight's Ferry 50 core in the second.

My Core2 Duo E6550 (65nm) is shaking its walking stick and yelling at you young whipper-snappers to get off its lawn!

warr10r said,
My Core2 Duo E6550 (65nm) is shaking its walking stick and yelling at you young whipper-snappers to get off its lawn!

You're not that old yet, son. Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 here.

warr10r said,
My Core2 Duo E6550 (65nm) is shaking its walking stick and yelling at you young whipper-snappers to get off its lawn!

Same!

Wombatt said,
And I'm still on my i5 750! Gee, so behind now...
lol, my i7 920 wants to hang out with your i5 750 for beers and to reminisce over the glory days.

zeke009 said,
lol, my i7 920 wants to hang out with your i5 750 for beers and to reminisce over the glory days.

Yep same with me, running a 920 but OCed. Still works great IMO

zeke009 said,
lol, my i7 920 wants to hang out with your i5 750 for beers and to reminisce over the glory days.

We shall arrange an event! My 750 will go fetch his walking stick

WaveZero said,

Yep same with me, running a 920 but OCed. Still works great IMO

Yeah, still never see my 750 over 50%! Unless I'm rendering.

Wombatt said,
And I'm still on my i5 750! Gee, so behind now...

my E6600 is laughing over your problems

Wombatt said,
And I'm still on my i5 750! Gee, so behind now...

my i7 2600k oc'd and my 7970 oc'd gpu cry's with ya, looking into future IB and GF680GTX .. ma wallet gona kill me...

aniv said,
Is it legal to sell a product higher than the MSRP?

Suggested retail price. They can sell at whatever price someone agrees to buy it at.

aniv said,
Is it legal to sell a product higher than the MSRP?

I have no idea what would make you think that, its afree market, you can charge what you like for what you sell - its upto the buyer to determine if your price is reasonable. Thats where competition comes into play.

aniv said,
Is it legal to sell a product higher than the MSRP?
If you're in the US, look at MSRP's and then go to Best Buy. In some cases I've seen them $50-60 over MSRP for some PC parts. At which point they complain they can't move components and say the market isn't there... you're right it isn't, at those prices.