CPU System Workshop (Part 2) - Corsair Graphite Series 600t, Intel Core I7-3960x Extreme Edition

4/10/2012 11:21:58 AM

Corsair Graphite Series 600t

Description: Corsair Graphite Series 600t

After operating the laboratory of this crazy scientist as we like to call CPU System Workshop so, we learned several things. One of these is that this killer machine needs a killer case. Certainly, you can pay much money for high-quality components and put them into an ugly case with the number of unsatisfactory features, why do you want to do it? With our gaming machine, we want a case with friendly features for assembler, a great design, many widened capabilities and bargain price. It is a difficult task, but we were directed to Graphite Series 600T of Corsair to turn impossibility into possibility.

Instantly, people at Corsair show they know all enthusiasts having different needs and hobbies. That’s why 600T have many subtle versions. There is standard 600T case, with the left panel without holes. 600T Mesh (159.99USD) has the net left panel as you can imagine. Special Edition 600T (179.99USD) comes to the party with a remarkable white tuxedo. White 600T version includes net side panels and windows, and you can order alternative side panels (29.99 USD) with nested objects and windows for standard 600T case. All side panels of 600T are easy to remove and allow you to access quickly and conveniently to components.

There are many good things waiting for you when you open 600T. The single cut covering the CPU back is very large, so the cooling fan assembling is really easy. The rest of the motherboard tray is filled with rubber rings for routing cables, which we need to have tidy interior to maximize air circulation in the case.

About air circulation, 600T composes of an integrated fan controller supporting up to 4 fans, which is wonderful to archive the perfect balance between high performance and silent operation.

The case is also able to prepare other tricks. Remove the 200mm fan in the upper panel (which is the white LED to shine fresh light) and install a 240mm radiator to cool more. Inner driver cavities are removable, so if you need to remove the upper cavity to install 1 or 2 long graphic cards, it’s so simple.

Graphite Series 600T has everything we need and terrific addition for the moment we are ready to upgrade advanced gaming machine. Indeed, it is the case for addicted gamers.

Graphite Series 600T



Size: 20 x 10.4 x 23.3 inch (HxWxD); motherboard support: mATX, ATX; driver cavities: 4 outter cavities 5.25inch, 6 inner driver cavities 2.5/3.5; fan: a front white LED fan 200mm, a upper fan 120mm; gates: USB3.0, 4 USB 2.0, 1 IEEE 1394, audio I/O.


Intel Core I7-3960x Extreme Edition

Description: Intel Core I7-3960x Extreme Edition


We decided that our unstoppable PC used for gaming would be our opening attack in the battle against compromise. With the processor of this system, the new Intel's Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition of Intel is the weapon of our choice. It is a 6-core thermonuclear warhead which is built on a 32nm process and ready to destroy any amount of work you put in front of it.

Core i7-3960X is a half (the other half is the X79 chipset) of the latest platform for Intel's enthusiasts that the chip maker revealed for users near the end of 2011. Core i7-3960X overcame the previous king Intel's 6-core, Core i7-990X, for the crown of performance.

So what makes Core i7-3960X so special? Let's start with the memory controller, because it is quite particular. Core i7-3960X has the 4-channel memory controller. This is a step forward compared to the 3-channel controller of many previous sterling Intel's Core i7 processors, but "a step" has no value for this improvement. When Intel introduced the Core i7-3960X to pit against Core i7 and Core i7-990X-2600K in SiSoft Sandra 2011b, Core i7-3960X knocked both of them out, providing improved performance by 102% and 114% on a memory performance. Using four DDR3-1600 memory sticks, the maximum bandwidth capacity of Core i7-3960X is theoretically 51.2GBps.

Description: Intel Core I7-3960x Extreme Edition

In many noticeable improvements in its chips, two highlights are the increase in size of Smart Cache and the support of PCI-E 3.0. 15MB Smart Cache in Core i7 is 25% more than Core i7-3960X-990X, so even though i7-990X has a clock speed which is higher, Core i7-3960X defeated his predecessor in tasks such as video editing, 3D rendering and ray tracing (and almost everything else). PCI-E 3.0 of the Core i7-3960X is ready to utilize the latest and greatest graphics cards, and you have 40 lanes to work together.

Now you know that the Intel CPU brings the "X" which has the opened multiplier to encourage overclocking. In the Core i7-3960X review (Issue 1/2012), we can push the processor to 4.8GHz.

If you want the fastest processor for enthusiasts, do what we did: do not accept compromise and buy Core i7-3960X.

Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition

999 USD



Socket: Intel LGA2011; clock speed: 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Max Turbo); 15MB Intel Smart Cache; Hyper-Threading; TDP: 130W; 32nm process.

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