Sandy Bridge-E Memory Performance Guide
Posted on: 02/01/2012 12:59 AM
Those wanting to build the ultimate performance system will naturally turn to Intelís new LGA2011 platform which recently made its debut with the Sandy Bridge-E processors. This highly refined architecture takes the original Sandy Bridge design and pumps it full of steroids, while adding a few new things. Moreover, the platform is expected to support enthusiast-level Ivy Bridge processors that are slated for release by the end of 2012, adding to the platform's longevity...
The current series' flagship CPU, known as the Core i7-3960X, boasts a massive 15MB L3 cache and six cores clocked at 3.3GHz. As we found in our review last November, the i7-3960X is 20-30% faster than the Core i7-2600K, though at $999 it's over 3 times more expensive. As crazy as that price might seem, there are those willing to fork out the dough to purchase the worldís most powerful desktop processor.
There is also a slightly slower and considerably more affordable option. The Core i7-3930K is already selling for $599, and a third alternative, the Core i7-3820 is set to be released shortly. But if you are after a hexa-core processor with L3 cache to spare, then the Core i7-3930K is going to be the cheapest option for a while.
So if you're already spending ~$600 on a processor alone, you'll want to make sure the memory that you equip it with is able to unleash its true potential. Unlike the original Sandy Bridge processors with using dual-channel memory, the new LGA2011 variants feature a quad-channel memory controller.
This means Sandy Bridge-E processors are designed be equipped with four individual DDR3 modules and as such memory module makers have begun releasing LGA2011 kits. In fact there are already over one hundred different quad-channel memory kits to choose from, with manufacturers such as G.Skill and Corsair flooding the market with options.
Although we are focusing on how the Sandy Bridge-E platform performs when using various memory timings, frequencies and channel configurations, we will also be taking a look at three new memory kits. Those kits include the Division 4 Viper Xtreme from Patriot, Ballistix Elite from Crucial and the HyperX Genesis from Kingston.
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