Average Bench: 80% (62nd of 1105)

Based on 741 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206D6, BFEBFBFF000306A9, 0FABFBFF000206D7, 17CBFBFF000206D7, 1FABFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3960X CPU @ 3.30GHz

The fact that the near three year old Intel i7-3960X still tops the speed charts reflects just how little competition there is in the CPU market. Intel have dominated for so long that there is simply no economic incentive to push the speed boundaries at anywhere nearly the pace of improvement we saw in previous years. The i7-3960X has 6 cores and 12 threads which is two cores more than the vast majority of Intel's other top end processors. The extra two cores explain why the 3960X still performs so well compared to the majority of the 3960X's newer siblings. This processor will offer little more than a far cheaper i3 to regular desktop users but for server orientated workloads it is still one of the best processors available. [Mar '14 CPUPro]

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Poor: 66%Average: 80% Great: 97%
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3960X averaged 20.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-3960X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 740Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 766Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3960X is 30.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Floating Point Speed 102Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 741 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.8 SC Int 101 122
82.9 SC Float 102 122
81.4 SC Mixed 101 122
81.1% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
319 QC Int 394 479
321 QC Float 394 479
317 QC Mixed 393 479
89.2% 393 Pts
Min Avg Max
565 MC Int 740 904
589 MC Float 762 932
586 MC Mixed 766 934
113% 756 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 119
95% 119 Pts
QC Int 469
QC Float 469
QC Mixed 467
106% 468 Pts
MC Int 879
MC Float 910
MC Mixed 916
135% 902 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 114
91% 113 Pts
QC Int 422
QC Float 408
QC Mixed 422
95% 417 Pts
MC Int 841
MC Float 869
MC Mixed 870
129% 860 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 113
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 110
90% 112 Pts
QC Int 446
QC Float 399
QC Mixed 420
96% 422 Pts
MC Int 846
MC Float 866
MC Mixed 875
129% 863 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 97.3
SC Mixed 111
85% 107 Pts
QC Int 425
QC Float 406
QC Mixed 400
93% 410 Pts
MC Int 697
MC Float 729
MC Mixed 732
108% 719 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1044 @ launch in Sep '11
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Typical Core i7-3960X Builds (Compare 2,801 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 103%
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Desktop
Desktop 75%
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Workstation
Workstation 71%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $1,984

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-3960X Processor Extreme Edition (15M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge E
Launch DateQ4'11
Processor Numberi7-3960X
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache15 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.6V-1.35V
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.9 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Max TDP130 W
DescriptionThis product includes VT-d support only on the C2 stepping. Stepping information can be viewed via the menu on the left.

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333/1600
Memory Channels4
Memory Bandwidth51.2 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes40

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Smart Response TechYes

Package

Package Size52.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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Excellent

8 months ago.

Got mine working at 4.9ghz. Soon 5ghz I hope!


Very good

4 years ago.


Terrible

8 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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