Nobody buys a CPU with unlocked multipliers to run it at stock frequencies, which you will see inside the many reviews around the web today. So what happens when you pit the flagship architectures together near the edge of conventional air and water cooling, Vishera FX ($199) vs Ivy Bridge ($329), at 4.8GHz? Which one will the discerning gamer choose?

Test Setup:


AMD FX-8350 on ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z

Intel Core i7-3770K on ASUS Maximus V Formula

Memory: G.Skill TridentX 2 x 8GB @ 2400MHz 10-12-12-31  2T

2 x AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

Catalyst 12.9 Beta + 12.9 CAP 1

Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 with latest patches as of 20/10


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