Friday, 14 October 2011 11:41

Core i7 3960 is up to 36 percent better than i7 990X

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Much better in memory tests


Intel has done some basic testing and has included some scores of its soon-to-launch Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition six-core Sandy Bridge E. It’s a mouthful, but so is the spec sheet.

The processor is clocked at 3.3GHz with six cores and twelve threads, 15MB of cache, and it was tested against the current flagship Core i7 990X Extreme Edition, clocked at 3.46GHz, with 12MB cache and six hyperthreaded cores.

In Cinebench 11.5 the Core i7 3960X scores some 13 percent better than i7 990X. In Pov Ray 3.7 it scores 12 percent better compared to i7 990X while in ProShow Gold 4.5, slide show creation task it scores 15 percent better.

The best case scenario shows up in 3Dmark 11 Physics, where Intel's new high end Core i7 3960X scores 36 percent better. This is at the same time the best score that we've seen.

On average you can expect that the new Extreme edition Core i7 3960X will end up about 15 percent faster. In memory benchmarks it eats 990X alive as it has much better memory controller and in Sandy 2011B it can score 111 percent better score in memory bandwidth performance test and in multimedia performance FP subtest it scores 92 percent better scores due to AVX influence on performance.

You can take AMD FX numbers and compare them with these percentage scores to get the better picture what Intel has to launch.

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+7 #1 NateMo1980 2011-10-14 11:50
Not that i would buy one. But this is why Intel can get away with their pricing. Even without having any real threat from AMD they are doing great improvements.

Do I want AMD to do well, of course I do. It lowers prices if they do well also. But these kinds of improvements from Intel only goes to show you that they are #1 for a reason.
 
 
+4 #2 DaRAGE 2011-10-14 11:55
Yeah, and just wait until Ivy bridge comes out at 22nm Fin-fet tech, while AMD's next cpu is Piledriver still 32nm... with expected +15% performance on Bulldozer. And Bulldozer performance is a joke.
 
 
+6 #3 fuadzilla 2011-10-14 12:00
would i eat fish and chips everyday for a full year or buy 1 intel flagship chip? you guessed it. fish and chips for a year. the fish is a bonus.
alternatively, with that money, a vacation overseas would be nice to consider too!
 
 
+3 #4 Cartman 2011-10-14 12:53
The names of both Intels and AMDs new CPUs are terrible...
Why cant they just call them with some normal names not that many numbers.

Like Intel Julia 3.2 Ghz :)
 
 
+5 #5 fingerbob69 2011-10-14 14:37
Just what precisely does '3960X' stand for ...can anyone translate?
 
 
-4 #6 The_Countess 2011-10-14 14:45
soo basically just the improvement we already had with the change from nehalem to sandy bridge.
the expensive quad-channel memory adding in nothing except synthetic memory tests.
 
 
-3 #7 The_Countess 2011-10-14 14:51
Quoting DaRAGE:
Yeah, and just wait until Ivy bridge comes out at 22nm Fin-fet tech, while AMD's next cpu is Piledriver still 32nm... with expected +15% performance on Bulldozer. And Bulldozer performance is a joke.


fin-fit is great for low voltages but with the voltages uses in CPU's its performance isn't really higher then what is to be expected from a normal die shrink.
ivy bridge also wont change the core design much, they focused instead on their still pretty pathetic GPU.

as for piledriver: bugfixes + 10-15% icp improvement + more mature 32nm process should see performance improve and power use go down.
 
 
0 #8 The_Countess 2011-10-14 14:57
Quoting NateMo1980:
Do I want AMD to do well, of course I do. It lowers prices if they do well also. But these kinds of improvements from Intel only goes to show you that they are #1 for a reason.


what improvements? this is a 6 core sandy bridge on a overpriced platform that would have worked just as well on s1155.

intel's anticompetitive practices will have a impact on the market for a long time to come. hopefully now that OEM's have been freed from intel's chokehold AMD can get their revenue up in that market, providing stability and investor confidence as well as a increased R&D budget.
and global foundries expansion should allow them to release new production process faster then before narrowing the gap with Intel.
 
 
+3 #9 jguernsey 2011-10-14 15:08
AMD had their chance to narrow the gap with bulldozer and it didnt come close to meeting peoples expectations. Intel is overpriced as far as their extreme series goes but people buy it! if you could make $1000 dollars off of a CPU would do it? I think so.
 
 
0 #10 Sodomy 2011-10-14 16:09
Quoting jguernsey:
AMD had their chance to narrow the gap with bulldozer and it didnt come close to meeting peoples expectations. Intel is overpriced as far as their extreme series goes but people buy it! if you could make $1000 dollars off of a CPU would do it? I think so.


why? bacuase dickheads went arround the internet trolling the [censored] out of people saying bulldozer will be 50% better then intel!!!!!!!1
 

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