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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 - Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Results - Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

When it comes to the overall 3DMark Vantage score, it's more or less determined by your graphics card. The new Sandy Bridge-E manages results similar but not better than the mainstream Sandy Bridge processors. The rest of the comparisons however do reveal notable performance differences.

The scores from the CPU portion of the tests showed us the prowess of the Intel Core i7-980X as it pulled in second to its successor with only a slightly less than 10% margin to beat. The other CPUs were trailing at least by a 21% margin with the poorest showing from the Phenom II X6 1100T.


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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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