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Q: Can I upgrade my Core i7-3970X CPU?
A: Probably yes. Processor compatibility is determined by your motherboard. Please check CPU-Upgrade.com website for CPU support list for your board.
Core i7-3970X Overclocking
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: Intel today released their fastest desktop microprocessor, Core
i7-3970X. Designed for socket 2011 platform, the processor features
slightly better performance than Core i7-3960X, thanks to 200 MHz
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Intel Core i7-3970X spotted on Intel website
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Intel Core i7-3970X in Q4 2012; Ivy Bridge-E in Q3 2013
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published a slide from the latest Intel desktop roadmap. The slide
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