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Is my CPU card still pretty top of the line?
show user profile  cbflex
For 3ds Max purposes, I bought the

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W BX80619i73930K Desktop Processor

about 4 years ago in 2012.

I'm looking at the CPU cards today, and I haven't noticed much improvements in speed, at least from what I am seeing. Are we nearing the peak of CPU speed upgrades?
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5/31/2016 10:43:58 AM (last edit: 5/31/2016 10:43:58 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
It all depends on what you are using the CPU for.

Your CPU was in the high end Enthusiast market, when you bought it, so it should retain its usefullness for a respectable amount of time. If you buy the fastest, you pay more, but it should last longer before needing to be replaced.

For gaming, there is no need to upgrade IMO..
For rendering, there might be an advantage to the new i7-6950X with its 10 lovely cores. (Cost ALL the money though)
Check the following page for some fairly usefull graphs:,4587-4.html
I cant actually remember if the SandyBridge E CPUs uses the same Mobo as the newer E series CPUs (2011-v3). If it does not, then an upgrade might also require a new Mobo and Memory..

A CPU is a chip though, not a card.

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5/31/2016 10:51:51 AM (last edit: 5/31/2016 10:52:52 AM)
show user profile  cbflex
Thanks for the response!

I wasn't sure about my computers speed considering it's already been 4 years and I havent really been too involved in the PC building area these last 4 years, so I expected grand improvements in technology, but as I can see now, we are reaching some kinda peak...

Having said that, here are my other specs, all of which are 4 years old when I bought all the parts... And I'm talking strictly about 3ds Max. I have experienced some slowdown on my machine when playing games like GTA5 on full graphics, but I don't care that much about video games these days. I care more about 3ds Max...

Here are the rest of my specs

Gnvidia GeForce GTX 680
64 Gigs of Memory (I like to render ultra high res textures and shit while listening Pink Floyd, im crazy.)
I also use a water coolant system to boost my CPU up to 3.8 ghz.

Other than that, I am also considering maybe upgrading to a Solid State drive. I dont know if it'll help me render faster, but I heard it can start windows up in 15 seconds or something fast, so that at least makes it less annoying.

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5/31/2016 10:10:24 PM (last edit: 5/31/2016 10:10:24 PM)
show user profile  donvella
Speeds of CPUs havent changed much, however Xeon's supporting up to 36threads per CPU is impressive (I think theres a 48thread version I cant find it right now).

SSD would be the best upgrade, installing and loading applications faster would be a big plus considering you have plenty of ram and a decent video card. Although for the cost of the new 1080 Geforce card, I would get that if I had the opportunity

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6/1/2016 12:07:40 AM (last edit: 6/1/2016 1:03:44 AM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
I'm no expert on specs, but I'd totally agree with donvella on the issue of an SSD. If you don't have one yet then I would definitely make that your first upgrade. The benefits are huge for a relatively small financial cost.

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6/1/2016 9:19:24 AM (last edit: 6/1/2016 9:19:24 AM)
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