Average Bench: 77.7% (209th of 1363)

more Based on 2,227 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206D6, 00000000C16BD000, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, 00000000BC8A1000, 0FABFBFF000206D7, 17CBFBFF000206D7, 1FABFBFF000206D7, 00000000BC80C000, 00000000BC89E000, 00000000BC89D000 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]

Poor: 67%Average: 77.7% Great: 89%
Gaming
Gaming 78%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3960X averaged 22.2% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 87Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 369Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3960X is 21.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 729Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 587Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,227 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.3 Memory 87 95.2
76.9 1-Core 96.9 118
155 2-Core 192 233
72.8% 125 Pts
Min Avg Max
279 4-Core 369 458
472 8-Core 587 716
58.8% 478 Pts
Min Avg Max
605 64-Core 729 895
45.1% 729 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.8
1-Core 96
2-Core 188
73% 125 Pts
4-Core 307
8-Core 522
50% 414 Pts
64-Core 643
40% 643 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 3 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 5.6 GHz, turbo 6.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.4
1-Core 104
2-Core 174
73% 123 Pts
4-Core 315
8-Core 371
44% 343 Pts
64-Core 383
24% 383 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.6
1-Core 89
2-Core 157
66% 110 Pts
4-Core 308
8-Core 446
47% 377 Pts
64-Core 574
36% 574 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 0.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.6
1-Core 33.9
2-Core 72.2
39% 58.2 Pts
4-Core 89.8
8-Core 27.2
9% 58.5 Pts
64-Core 30.4
2% 30.4 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $1044 @ launch in Sep '11
AmazonUS $79511 mins
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Typical Core i7-3960X Builds (Compare 788 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 67%
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Desktop
Desktop 83%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

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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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1 month ago.

Ran the chip since 2013 still running strong


Good

3 years ago.

This processor auto overclocks itself up to 3.9ghz when under load


Very good

8 years ago.


Excellent

9 months ago.

still awesome performance in 2021


Terrible

5 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


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