Average Bench: 79.3% (40th of 969)

Based on 494 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D6 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: 79.3% Great: 95%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3960X averaged 20.6% 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 737Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 771Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3960X is 28.8%. 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 100Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 100Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 494 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.6 SC Int 99.7 121
80.6 SC Float 100 120
78.4 SC Mixed 100 119
80% 100 Pts
Min Avg Max
311 QC Int 390 468
318 QC Float 389 465
314 QC Mixed 389 471
88.3% 389 Pts
Min Avg Max
597 MC Int 737 893
628 MC Float 772 936
631 MC Mixed 771 933
114% 760 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 101
SC Mixed 103
81% 102 Pts
QC Int 354
QC Float 368
QC Mixed 373
83% 365 Pts
MC Int 707
MC Float 725
MC Mixed 736
108% 723 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.6
SC Float 95.5
SC Mixed 95.6
76% 95.2 Pts
QC Int 379
QC Float 379
QC Mixed 380
86% 379 Pts
MC Int 691
MC Float 722
MC Mixed 726
107% 713 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.7
SC Float 95.1
SC Mixed 95.2
76% 95 Pts
QC Int 380
QC Float 379
QC Mixed 380
86% 380 Pts
MC Int 692
MC Float 721
MC Mixed 730
107% 714 Pts
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Typical Core i7-3960X Builds (Compare 2,202 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 90%
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Desktop
Desktop 73%
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Workstation
Workstation 67%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $2,090

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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

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Have had this CPU since launch. Still is blazing fast, and all games will play smooth as butter even with a transcode in background. Overclocks very well and has been running at 4.6GHz for quite some time. Runs very cold, never goes over 60C on my watercooler. Amazing cpu, well ahead of it's day.


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