Intel Core i7-4960X Reviews and more
Posted on: 09/03/2013 08:40 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Intel Core i7-4960X Reviews, Kingston MobileLite Wireless Reader & Media Streamer, SteelSeries Siberia v2 - Kingston HyperX Edition Review, Which is The Best Position for a Tower CPU Cooler?, and SilverStone SST-ARM11SC Single Monitor Interactive Arm Review
Intel Core i7 4960X EE CPU / Asus X79-Deluxe Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
A little under two years after the release of Intel’s high-end desktop – Sandy Bridge-E – LGA 2011 processors and the corresponding X79 chipset, it’s time for the platform to go through its refresh phase. Featuring a die shrink from SB-E’s 32nm to 22nm, Ivy Bridge-E is intended to take command of Intel’s flagship line of high-end, consumer processors. Welcome Intel’s newest hexacore processor sat at the summit of the company’s desktop CPU line-up, the Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition.
Read more: Intel Core i7 4960X EE CPU / Asus X79-Deluxe Motherboard Review @ KitGuruIntel Core i7 4960X Review @ OCC
Overclocking on the Core i7 4960X was bit of a disappointment after pushing to over 4.7GHz on the Core i7 3960X Sandy Bridge Extreme with a core clock of only 4.44GHz possible on this chip fully Prime 95 stable. At 4.44GHz I had to push 1.42v through it to gain stability. A push to 4500MHz needed another boost in vcore that really was too high for daily use on Intel's 22nm architecture long term. It could be just my sample and is hopefully not the norm or average for the 4960X.
Read more: Intel Core i7 4960X Review @ OCCIntel's Core i7-4960X processor reviewed @ The Tech Report
The NSA intercepted our review of the Core i7-4960X before we even had it completed. Let's listen in and see what they made of it.
Read more: Intel's Core i7-4960X processor reviewed @ The Tech ReportIntel Core i7 4820K and 4960X processor reviews @ Guru3D
You probably just read our six-core Core i7 4960X review and figured, dang that's fast. But for Ivy-Bridge-E there is one quad-core processor released as well. In this review we test the new four-core Core i7 4820K (Ivy Bridge-E) processor. This is the only quad-core IBE processor that Intel will release. But it is unlocked and as such direct competition for the Core i7 4770K. That alone is interesting as X79 as a platform offers more PCIe lanes. But how well will this processor fare against Intel's own pride and joy the 4770K ?
The Intel Core i7-4820k processors and other Ivy Bridge-E chips are released on the market this September, these CPUs are drop-in compatible with the well known X79 - LGA2011 infrastructure.
Read more: Intel Core i7 4820K and 4960X processor reviews @ Guru3DIntel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Review: New flagship, old flagship @ Techspot
Haswell has been out in the wild for 3 months now, while Sandy Bridge-E has remained Intel’s "ultimate" desktop platform for almost 2 years. However as we had anticipated, Intel is now ready for a refresh of its Extreme platform, but they won’t be skipping the Ivy Bridge architecture and moving straight to Haswell. Rather, the LGA2011 platform is getting an upgrade with new Ivy Bridge-E processors.
Enter the Core i7-4960X which still features 6 cores, 12 threads, 15MB L3 cache, quad-channel DDR3 memory and is supported by the same aging X79 chipset. This doesn’t sound very exciting, so what’s new?
Read more: Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Review: New flagship, old flagship @ TechspotIvy Bridge-E is here! Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Processor Review @ Bjorn3D
Intels New Ivy Bridge-E Has Landed! Normally when Intel launches a new CPU it is brought along with a new chipset even if its the same socket. If you remember the launch a short while ago moving from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge, it utilized the same 1155 socket but launched a new chipset Z77 ...
Read more: Ivy Bridge-E is here! Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Processor Review @ Bjorn3DKingston MobileLite Wireless Reader & Media Streamer @ NikKTech
With tablet sales increasing every day it was just a matter of time for most manufacturers out there to turn their focus towards that segment of the market to try and get a piece of the pie. Some manufacturers have introduced new tablet models others have further improved the entire tablet concept while others have just been offering compatible peripherals (so far). Kingston was amongst the first to do so with their quite successful wi-drive line a while ago but much like most first attempts there was something missing. True you could use it as a wireless WiFi storage drive but it came with limited storage capacity and at the end of the day it offered just that. Well Kingston has always liked to listen to what their buyers have to say/recommend and so they just recently launched an updated version of the Wi-Drive called the MobileLite Wireless (MLW221) which we've been testing for slightly over a week with very positive results.
Read more: Kingston MobileLite Wireless Reader & Media Streamer @ NikKTechCyberPower PC Zeus EVO Lightning 2000 SE System Review @ Ninjalane
An interesting question we are often asked is "what makes a good gaming system?" As enthusiasts of computer hardware wel often gravitate towards the most powerful hardware, fastest processor and latest graphics card on the market. Heck, sometimes we put more than one in there just for kicks. Of course the reality is, you don't need all of that and provided that you have a fast subsystem and decent video card the rest will just fall in place.
In this review we'll be looking at one of the newest gaming systems from CyberPower PC called the Zeus EVO Lightning 2000 SE. As the "Zeus" name suggests this is a powerful gaming PC based on the latest AMD hardware including the HD7970 and FX 9590 eight core processor. The entire system is housed in a large CFI Borealight chassis and comes in at an amazing $2069 USD.
Read more: CyberPower PC Zeus EVO Lightning 2000 SE System Review @ NinjalaneAvexir Core Series 3100 MHz 2x 4 GB DDR3 @ techPowerUp
I've got AVEXIR's latest high-performance Core Series 3100 MHz C12 DIMMs in for testing, and they definitely show what Avexir is capable of. Not for everyone, this blazingly fast kit will probably also make your wallet crumble to dust.
Read more: Avexir Core Series 3100 MHz 2x 4 GB DDR3 @ techPowerUpSteelSeries Siberia v2 - Kingston HyperX Edition Review @ Vortez
Kingston has been pushing the HyperX brand and community to new levels with their commitment to esports. What better way to celebrate 10 years of the HyperX branding than pairing up with SteelSeries to create a limited edition Siberia V2 gaming headset in the HyperX colours. Coming in with impressive specifications and features, the Siberia V2 is an established favourite amongst gamers, let's see if the HyperX iteration can continue that legacy.
Read more: SteelSeries Siberia v2 - Kingston HyperX Edition Review @ VortezWhich is The Best Position for a Tower CPU Cooler? @ Hardware Secrets
Which is the best position to install a tower CPU cooler: with the fan facing the front of the case, or rotated in 90 degrees, with the fan facing the video card? Let's find out!
Read more: Which is The Best Position for a Tower CPU Cooler? @ Hardware SecretsTotal War Rome 2 Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
While there is nothing revolutionary here, how could we not enjoy this gameâ€¦ we certainly loved it...and we HATE it. Why? Well...
Read more: Total War Rome 2 Review @ HardwareHeaven.comSilverStone SST-ARM11SC Single Monitor Interactive Arm Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Most people do not consider changing their computer monitor stand when it comes time to upgrading their system. This is understandable, as the device which supports your monitor is truly a behind the scenes system component. But depending on your setup, having the ability to pull your monitor closer to you, or float the display entirely off the desk is quite a useful feature. Wacom touchscreen owners have long realized the benefits of a flexible arm for precise ergonomic use of their touchscreen display. With the advent of Windows 8 and the trend towards touch enabled screens, having a flexible monitor arm suddenly becomes an important component in a desktop computer system.
Read more: SilverStone SST-ARM11SC Single Monitor Interactive Arm Review @ Benchmark Reviews