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Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition review

Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition - Sandy Bridge-E has Arrived

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Overall rating 8.5/10
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


Results - Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Results - Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Like SYSmark 2007, PCMark Vantage also has a diverse range of tests, but not as taxing as the former. While the new Core i7-3960X manages to get ahead of the Core i7-980X by a good margin, it's again only on par with a Core i5-2500K, much less than a Core i7-2600K. Running the new platform on faster memory clock speeds produces very little boost just like in SYSmark. PCMark Vantage has more productivity tasks than multimedia content creation workloads and as such the scores of the Sandy Bridge-E hover around that of the existing Sandy Bridge platform.