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Core i7-3960X is about 47% faster than Core i7-990X

by on22 July 2011

According to Intel slides
The guys from managed to score some slides revealing the performance of the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processor series, or to be precise, the flaghsip Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition. In general, the new Sandy Bridge-E is around 47% faster on average when compared to Intel's current top offer, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition.

As it was detailed earlier, the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition is Intel's top offer in the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E CPU lineup and supports the upcoming LGA2011 socket. It features six cores ticking at 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost of up to 3.9GHz, has 12 threads with HyperThreading and a total of 15MB of L3 cache.

The test lineup has some quite interesting benches including Cinebench 11.5, 3DMark 11, Sisoft Sandra and much more. As noted, Intel's upcoming socket LGA2011 Core i7-3960X EE is 47.25% faster on average when pitched to go against the current socket LGA1366 Core i7-990X EE CPU. In its slides, Intel claims that the perfromance boost comes from 33% higher memory bandwidth on the quad-channel DDR3 as well as from the new AVX instruction set that takes care of CPU intensive tasks.

There has been some rumours regarding the Sandy Bridge-E launch date and as far as we know, Intel is currently talking about late October/early November although our best bet is end of October. Also you can expect some serious feature packed motherboards from partners once Intel gives a green light.

You can find the slides here.

Last modified on 22 July 2011
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