Intel Core i7-3960X Review

SiSoft Sandra

Intel Core i7-3960X Review

SiSoft Sandra

Processor Arithmetic

In the eternal battle between clock speed and architecture the i7-3960X demonstrates with aplomb that newer equals better. Not only is it the highest Dhrystone result we've ever seen, but at stock it keeps up with the heavily overclocked i7-990X. How to erase the 990Xs 1.4 GHz of clock speed benefit with a simple architecture improvement. 


Processor MultiMedia

The differences are less pronounced when we move to the Mandelbrot fractal generation of the MultiMedia test in Sandra. Obviously the SSE instruction sets used for this haven't changed and therefore a combination of available threads and pure horsepower will always win out. Even still the i7-3960X trumps the stock i7-990X, and the stock FX8150 is yet further behind.

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Most Recent Comments

14-11-2011, 03:11:31

40 minutes of x79 goodness <3Quote

14-11-2011, 03:21:12

I'm getting SB-E. Intel delivers again Quote

14-11-2011, 04:41:32

if the future SR-3 has two of these babies on it..... where do i sign Quote

14-11-2011, 04:44:25

Great review Tom. SB-E is totally awesome. Wish I had the budget to build a SB-E system. One can always dream? Quote

14-11-2011, 05:44:20

Brilliant review as always. Amazing performance at stock and Intel have done it once again .Quote

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