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

By Wong Chung Wee & Vijay Anand - 14 Nov 2011

Results - 3ds Max 8 (SP2)

Results - 3ds Max 8 (SP2)

The Intel Core i7-3960X processor continues to prove its mete against the AMD FX-8150 as the former was almost twice as fast on these rendering tasks. Compared with the Intel contingent, the Core i7-3960X was leading by almost 30% when using the Light Tracer render for our workload. Surprisingly though, the difference almost was only down to a few percentage points when using the more strenuous Radiosity renderer.

 

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8.5
  • 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
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