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.


Performance:
8.5
Features:
8.5
Value:
7
THE GOOD
Great performance for those who can wield its power
Easy to overclock
Frugal power consumption
Integrated 40-lane PCIe controller with Gen 3 support
THE BAD
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

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