Average Bench: 79.5% (70th of 1137)

more Based on 871 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]

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Poor: 65%Average: 79.5% Great: 96%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3960X averaged 20.5% 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 735Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 762Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3960X is 31.4%. 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 101Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 871 samples)
Min Avg Max
83 SC Int 101 121
83.3 SC Float 101 121
83.5 SC Mixed 101 121
80.9% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
313 QC Int 390 477
314 QC Float 391 478
305 QC Mixed 389 476
88.4% 390 Pts
Min Avg Max
574 MC Int 735 900
590 MC Float 759 929
587 MC Mixed 762 932
113% 752 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 105
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 411
QC Float 421
QC Mixed 415
94% 416 Pts
MC Int 771
MC Float 795
MC Mixed 787
118% 784 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 103
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 371
QC Float 400
QC Mixed 404
89% 392 Pts
MC Int 758
MC Float 782
MC Mixed 786
116% 775 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 103
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 376
QC Float 369
QC Mixed 383
85% 376 Pts
MC Int 710
MC Float 728
MC Mixed 730
108% 723 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 93.3
SC Mixed 102
79% 98.8 Pts
QC Int 367
QC Float 383
QC Mixed 331
82% 360 Pts
MC Int 706
MC Float 728
MC Mixed 738
108% 724 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,174,187 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1044 @ launch in Sep '11
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Typical Core i7-3960X Builds (Compare 2,892 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 115%
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Desktop
Desktop 78%
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Workstation
Workstation 75%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $2,363

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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

22 days ago.

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


Very good

4 years ago.


Terrible

13 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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