Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition
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Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition

Overall rating 8.5/10

The 2nd generation Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition is a six core CPU with a clock speed of 3.3GHz (3.9GHz with Turbo Boost) and comes with its multiplier unlocked for overclockers and power users.

Great performance for those who can wield its power
Easy to overclock
Frugal power consumption
Integrated 40-lane PCIe controller with Gen 3 support
Very expensive
No bundled cooler
Quad-channel memory architecture offers little advantage to enthusiasts

Product Specification

Processor Name Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition
Processor Model Core i7-3960X
Rated Processor Frequency 3.3GHz
Max Processor Frequency 3.9GHz
No. of Cores 6
Base Clock 100MHz
Bus Type DMI2
Bus Speed up to 5GT/s (PCIe 2.0 4x)
L1 Cache (data + instruction)
  • 6 x 32 KB instruction caches
  • 6 x 32 KB data caches
L2 Cache 6 x 256 KB
L3 Cache 15MB
Memory Controller Integrated Quad Channel (up to DDR3-1600)
PCIe Controller
  • Support for PCIe 3.0 (8.0 GT/s), PCIe 2.0 (5.0 GT/s), and PCIe (2.5 GT/s)
  • Provides up to 40 lanes of PCIe bandwidth for PCIe devices
TDP (W) 130
Instruction Set Support MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
Execute Disable Bit Yes
64-bit Processing Technology Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) / AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Yes
Virtualization Technology Yes (VT-x)
Packaging LGA2011
Process Technology 32nm
Processor Codename Sandy Bridge-E
Die Size 435 mm squared
No. of Transistors 2.27 billion