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Best CPUs and motherboards list of 2012
You asked for it, so here it is: the first installment of the final "Hardware 2.0" Best Kit Lists for 2012.
We're kicking off this series by looking at CPU and motherboards in three different price categories -- extreme, mainstream, and budget, where we're going to look at CPUs and motherboards ranging from an eye-watering $1,000 to a very reasonable $50.
Extreme: Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition - six-core, 3.5GHz
This is the king of CPUs.
The Core i7 processors represents a new era in architecture for Intel, and the 3970X the next stage in desktop processors based on the Sandy Bridge-E architecture -- the next stage in evolution of the six-core CPU.
This is a 3.5GHz part that can be Turbo Boosted up to a whopping 4.0GHz. It has six cores, which when combined with Hyper-Threading makes a whopping 12 threads available. Add to this 15MB L3 cache, triple-channel DDR3-1066 memory interface, 150W TDP.
The ideal choice for hardcore gamers, video editors, and show-offs!
Image source: Intel.