The Futuremark PCMark 7 software is designed specifically for Windows 7 and measures the performance of the hardware system across a series of different scenarios. From the overall scores, the Intel Core i7-3770K (with the memory modules clocked at their rated 1600MHz clock speed) takes the lead with a razor-thin margin of less than 1% over the Intel Core i7-3960X. We have not put all our second generation Sandy Bridge CPUs through the paces of PCMark 7 yet; however, we shall do so in the near future as we progressively update their performance scores. In the meantime, the sole representative from that generation is our Intel i7-2700K that is about 5.5% behind the Ivy Bridge CPU.
Looking at the Computation scores, the strengths of the improved architecture of Ivy Bridge are shown as the Intel i7-3770K is just lagging behind the i7-3960X processor by slightly over 5%. In another CPU-specific test (Lighweight test), the former was just 0.9% behind the i7-3960X.