Performance per Dollar
While the performance per watt of the new Core i7-3960X was impressive, the $990+ pricing on the Intel Extreme Edition CPUs usually falls well behind in the performance per dollar metric. It is a real shame that we couldn’t get the Core i7-3930K numbers to work reliably as I think it would have fared much better in this comparison. Hopefully we can get a retail part from Intel for that SKU to update you guys soon.
Ouch – for a user on a budget, these are graphs you want to see! The Core i7-3960X with its estimated $990 price tag is far worse of a performer per your hard-earned dollar than the Core i7-2600K. The Core i7-980X, if you can still find it at its last price of $590, has a better showing but that is using the outdated X58 chipset and Nehalem architecture.