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Choose the best Processor for your next PC build (part 2)

This is the second part of this article, continued from last-line.

Intel Socket 2011-v3: The Biggest, Baddest Consumer CPUs

Socket 2011-v3 is Intel’s cost-no-object platform. Development of chips on this platform is a little behind the very leading edge, but the processors that work on Socket 2011-v3 motherboards are brute-force crankers with prices to match. That said, Socket 2011-v3 only makes sense for buyers seeking extreme multithreaded performance, or those looking for the maximum possible PCI Express bandwidth for an extreme gaming rig using more than two high-end video cards. (Socket 2011-v3 allows for extra PCI lanes, in essence widening the highway for video-card throughput.)

This socket is home to the fastest raw-performance consumer processor you can buy today. You can choose one form plenty of choices in this family, price ranging from $450 to $1700. You can check full specification of each processor from intel’s website. Those processors differs in number of core, cache memory and clock speed. Chip that supports Hyper-Threading, you can tap into for highly multithreaded tasks using processor of this family.


In no way will this chip disappoint mere mortals, but at $1,000-plus, it’s not for most buyers. You’ll only see its true power if you specifically need the maximum possible performance with multithreaded programs. (Example: everyday work with high-end video editors, rendering software, or Adobe Creative Suite apps.) If you work in apps like these and any time you spend waiting for the PC to render is money lost, these chips are in your wheelhouse. Otherwise, it’s doubtful you’ll see your money’s worth. Also know that the Socket 2011 chips lack on-chip graphics, so you’ll need a dedicated video card to use with these.

Also note that if you are considering one of the handful of Haswell-E chips, you need to make sure the motherboard you have will work with the chip you choose. Socket 2011 has been around through a few generations of chips (hence the “v3” tacked onto its name). And older Socket 2011 boards meant for “Sandy Bridge-E” or “Ivy Bridge-E chips” may look compatible with the newer Socket 2011-v3 chips. But you’ll expressly need a Socket 2011-v3 motherboard (with an X99 chipset) to use these newer high-end processors.

Bottom Line: Socket 2011-v3 is best for deep-pocketed content creators who specifically need maximum multithreaded power, or extreme gamers with triple- or quad-card aspirations.


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About MD Maruf Billah

Co-Founder and CEO at IT Segment. Studying Computers and Information at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

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