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Intel's new Core i7 Extreme Edition series: Gaming power for those who can afford it

Mark Hachman | Sept. 4, 2013
Surprise! Intel's most powerful CPU isn't based on its new Haswell architecture. Meet the Ivy Bridge-E series.

But for users who would consider spending more than $900 for a new CPU—the price of a midrange PC desktop with discrete graphics—the limitations probably won't be deal-breakers. And then there's the overclocking angle.

Gamers can also choose to buy a PC with practically all the bells and whistles they desire. According to Reeves, Falcon won't charge a premium for the new part, and will simply swap in the Ivy Bridge-E chips for "existing 6-core offerings we have now."

Intel's Ivy Bridge-E processors do offer a range of pricing options for value-oriented enthusiasts. Popular X79 motherboards like the AsRock X79 Champion build in multiple PCIe slots, permitting "Frankenbuilds" that can reuse older graphics cards. Basically, if you're a gamer who sees the need to invest several hundred dollars a year to feed your PC games habit, the new Ivy Bridge-E series should be right up your alley. And if you're a gamer who doesn't, there's always a console.


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