SAN FRANCISCO -- If you ever want to know who's at the hairy edge of
speed in processor world, ask gamers.
These wide-eyed, caffeinated techno-freaks are always on the hunt
for faster performance, more throughput, more sizzling graphics
engines. It's in their world where you can get a sense for what
design teams are doing right by them.
This year, the community at gamer-heavy Overclock.net, has
spoken, voting with their mice: 35,000 votes for nearly 40
categories during the two-week November voting period.
Who strikes their speed-freak fancy? Perhaps no surprise: AMD, Intel
Nabbing gold medals for best performance were AMD's
FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8150 and Intel's
3930K which screams at 3.90 GHz. Best-value honors went
to the AMD
FX-6100 Zambezi (3.3GHz) (+/-$119) and Intel's Core™ i7-3770K
On the graphics-processing front, NVidia's MSI
GTX680 Lightning and AMD's MSI
R7970 Lightning took top honors.
On the motherboard front, ASUS pretty much swept categories with its
V Formula, Rampage
IV Extreme and Crosshair
V Formula-Z boards.
Hey, it's the holidays. Time to build a new system. What else were
you going to do? Spend time with family?
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