Intel's new wunderchip Haswell is here with super-low power consumption and fancy 22nm transistors, which today's tablets might love, but sometimes there's simply no replacement for displacement.
That's what the top-dog hexa-core Core i7-3970X gives us with its 12 threads of computing might that chew through 3D modeling or video rendering in a way no quad-core could ever dream of doing. Last year's foray into Xeon territory also taught us that not having the option of overclocking hurt us against those pesky quad-core parts in some tasks.
With our massive liquid-cooling setup, we were able to easily push our 3.5GHz Core i7-3970X to 5GHz all day. Six cores buzzing along at 5GHz with Hyper-Threading gives us a great balance of core count and frequency.
Enough that Dream Machine has the gusto to compete with newer quad-core chips in workloads that can't exploit all 12 threads. The best part of going with LGA2011 is that we'll get a CPU upgrade in a few months when Intel finally releases Ivy Bridge-E.