Intel X79 Core i7 4960X Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Intel X79 Core i7-4960X Review

Test Setup

Intel Core i7-4960X
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace
Corsair Dominator Platinum

Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64  


Our of the box the i7-4960X runs happily at 3.7GHz at a reasonable 1.2v. With the new BCLK overclocking we can, should you desire to overclock that way, reach a very healthy 140MHz on the BCLK. Of course the benefits of clocking the BLCK rather than just using the multiplier and memory dividers are negligible, but it's nice to have the option should you desire it.

Intel X79 Core i7-4960X Review     Intel X79 Core i7-4960X Review  

Thanks to the 22nm process we can push more volts on the vCore without running into thermal limitations. At 1.4v the i7-4960X is fully stable at 4.5GHz, and with a slight tweak up to 1.424v we can achieve 4.6GHz. Hardly the 4.75GHz we saw from the i7-3960X but by no means a slovenly overclock. The 4.6GHz core speed will be the one we'll use in our testing today.

Intel X79 Core i7-4960X Review     Intel X79 Core i7-4960X Review  

Anyone who tried to extract high memory speeds from their Core i7-3960X will be glad to see that the improved memory controller on the i7-4960X allow us to not only hit the now common 2400MHz, but for those extreme memory kits you can push on to 2600MHz. We'll stick with 2400MHz for our tests today.

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Speaking of tests, let's see how the i7-4960X compares to its predecessor.

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Most Recent Comments

03-09-2013, 02:58:04

oh snap!! insanely awesome review incoming....Quote

03-09-2013, 03:30:54

These results made me laugh, reminds me of amd going backwards in performance lol.
I only wonder why did they bother spending money to release this cpu,does the x79 provide that many benefits over 2011? other than that its waste of time money,unless people actually gonna buy this just because its new lols
Whoever gonna buy this is not going to care about little power savings at all.

Anyway awesome review as always Quote

03-09-2013, 03:35:22

Originally Posted by redline92 View Post
does the x79 provide that many benefits over 2011?
2011 is the socket on a x79 chipset motherboard Quote

03-09-2013, 03:36:27

Afaik x79 has always utilized the LGA2011 socket.

I think redline92 is mixing his z's and x's, meaning he's prolly talking about z87 vs x79 ? Right ?Quote

03-09-2013, 03:43:34

Any reason why these cpus are kicking out such low temps at high voltages compared to there little brothers ??

Nice review again TTL, keep em flowing.....Quote

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