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Best Sandy/Ivy socket 2011 upgrade CPU for enthusiast motherboards

This is a relatively rare CPU originally released for use in Mac Pro hardware in 2013. It is a multiplier-unlocked single-socket Ivy Bridge EP Xeon. Unlike all other unlocked Sandy/Ivy CPUs, it has 8 cores rather than at most 6.

It has the same CPUID as the E5-2687w V2, and essentially the same BIOS support, but it is unlocked. It runs at a lower base clock speed by default, but this is largely irrelevant because it has an unlocked multiplier.

It overclocks quite smoothly. I currently have mine locked to 4000MHz (40x multiplier, 100MHz BCLK) at stock voltages, using as ASRock x79 Extreme6 motherboard (not officially supported by ASRock, but works perfectly fine with the newest BIOS). Temps are pretty similar to my old 4-core Sandy Bridge CPU.

This is definitely the best final CPU upgrade if you are still running a Sandy/Ivy LGA 2011 motherboard. If you overclock it a bit, it will beat modern consumer-tier CPUs at the same price point on many benchmarks-- without needing to buy a new computer.
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The Best x79 CPU... Period.

Upgraded from a 3930K @ 4.5GHz after watching a video from Tech Yes City that had the E5-1680v2 clocked at 4.6GHz competing VERY well with a 9900K overclocked to 5GHz and beating a Ryzen 2700x overclocked to 4.3GHz by a wide margin.

Since I already have 32GB of 2133MHz DDR3 memory (Corsair Dominator Platinum) and an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard (NVME enabled BIOS) then I really didn't see a reason to upgrade to the X470 Platform and a Ryzen 2700x after seeing this video.

I bought the CPU, installed it, overclocked it to 4.6GHz and voila... near 9900K @ 5GHz performance, better than Ryzen 2700x performance and an overall VERY solid platform.

Recommend for anyone still on X79 looking for one final upgrade.
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New breath of life into x79 platform

I weighed pros and cons of building a brand new system. This gave me an upgrade path that was easier and cheaper than building a new system from scratch with water blocks and all. Very simple upgrade pop old chip out and pop new one in. 8 cores of overclocking funRead full review...

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The flagship of the 2011 socket

The best processor for the 2011 platform. Ahead of the 5th generation of Intel processors and is slightly inferior to 6. If you are not used to compromise - this is your choice.

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4.6ghz on 8 cores. Nothing more to say.

4.6ghz on 8 cores. Nothing more to say. 16xx in cinebench who needs a 9900k.

Moved to x79 platform because 9th gen was fake. 8 cores 4.6ghz at 1.32-39v cooling with a clc with custom loop 4.8 is reasonable.
Temps at 4.6 stays well below 60°
Xeons much better than their K sku counter parts , ps. better part of the wafer , 16xx variants all multi unlocked :)

Half the of a 9900k , dollar for dollar might bet better, especially since it remains on the ddr3 platform. Decent graphics this is a beast.
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Final Upgrade for X79

Only first learned this CPU existed a couple months ago. Swapped into my existing X79 motherboard without a fuss and easily overclocked to 4.3GHz. Could definitely go higher, but I have no need for the higher power consumption. Scores over 1700 in Cinebench, putting it roughly on par with the latest Ryzen 8 core CPUs, without the need for overly expensive RAM.

Would highly recommend to anyone with an aging X79 system, but not quite ready to buy a new computer.
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Simply the Best CPU for LGA 2011!!!)))

The processor has exceeded all my expectations! It is much more powerful than my i7-4960X and I am pleasantly surprised!)) 4.5 on the multiplier and 4.480 by bus in the air and I'm sure that's not the limit! I am very very very satisfiedRead full review...

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excellent processor!

Exactly as expected, and even a very good bin to boot

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