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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 - Cinebench 11.5 & Handbrake 0.9.4

Results - Cinebench 11.5 & Handbrake 0.9.4

A stellar victory was achieved by the Sandy Bridge-E processor in both the Cinebench rendering program as well video encoding on Handbrake. This can be attributed to both software being well threaded and hence being able to take advantage of the extra processing cores along with HyperThreading technology. For the Cinebench 11.5 test, the Core i7-3960X out-performed the pair of AMD CPUs and the Core i5-2500K by almost approximately 76%! Against the Core i7-2600K and the Core i7-980X, the newcomer was 50% and 24% speedier respectively.

For the video encoding test administered by Handbrake 0.9.4, the Core i7-3960X pulled in first, shaving almost 15% off the timing of its closest competitor, the Intel Core i7-980X. Compared to the best mainstream Sandy Bridge, it still held a near 30% performance advantage.


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  • 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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