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Friday, 22 July 2011 14:34

Core i7-3960X is about 47% faster than Core i7-990X

Written by Slobodan Simic
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According to Intel slides
The guys from Donanimhaber.com managed to score some slides revealing the performance of the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processor series, or to be precise, the flaghsip Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition. In general, the new Sandy Bridge-E is around 47% faster on average when compared to Intel's current top offer, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition.

As it was detailed earlier, the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition is Intel's top offer in the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E CPU lineup and supports the upcoming LGA2011 socket. It features six cores ticking at 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost of up to 3.9GHz, has 12 threads with HyperThreading and a total of 15MB of L3 cache.

The test lineup has some quite interesting benches including Cinebench 11.5, 3DMark 11, Sisoft Sandra and much more. As noted, Intel's upcoming socket LGA2011 Core i7-3960X EE is 47.25% faster on average when pitched to go against the current socket LGA1366 Core i7-990X EE CPU. In its slides, Intel claims that the perfromance boost comes from 33% higher memory bandwidth on the quad-channel DDR3 as well as from the new AVX instruction set that takes care of CPU intensive tasks.

There has been some rumours regarding the Sandy Bridge-E launch date and as far as we know, Intel is currently talking about late October/early November although our best bet is end of October. Also you can expect some serious feature packed motherboards from partners once Intel gives a green light.

You can find the slides here.

Last modified on Friday, 22 July 2011 19:28
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+11 #1 p4l1ndr0m3 2011-07-22 19:41
I really hate Intel's model naming scheme... I'm just waiting for next year's i4, i6, and i8 line-up with 5 digit model codes. I can see the press release now:
"Intel releases new Socket3467 Core i8-76440XXEE, all previous i3, i5, and i7 CPUs will now collectively be referred to as Pentium processors and will be receiving new model codes as well."
 
 
+4 #2 dicobalt 2011-07-22 19:51
Couldn't care less about socket 2011. I much prefer 1155 because it is far cheaper. Quad channel memory seems like a lazy way to get more speed. It's ok for those who can afford it but it's otherwise a dead end solution. I really don't expect to see many 2011 based systems outside of very high end situations.
 
 
+4 #3 bbo320 2011-07-22 20:50
There are very few applications that will benefit from quad-channel memory other than benchmarks. LOL 140w?
 
 
0 #4 Nintendork 2011-07-22 20:58
And after seeing what a GPU can achieve in hte bitcoin GPGPU client (see hardocp article), any cpu is just a plain obsolete joke.
 
 
+3 #5 bardenck 2011-07-22 21:15
Quoting Nintendork:
And after seeing what a GPU can achieve in hte bitcoin GPGPU client (see hardocp article), any cpu is just a plain obsolete joke.



can you put a link up for that gpgpu article?
 
 
-3 #6 Jurassic1024 2011-07-22 21:21
Quoting p4l1ndr0m3:
I really hate Intel's model naming scheme...



Isn't that why you visit tech sites? I've never been confused. The average consumer doesn't care either. They go to a store, tell them what they want the computer for, confirm the price, and buy. So only ppl confused are people that don't educate themselves when the information is widely available.
 
 
-2 #7 Jurassic1024 2011-07-22 21:25
Quoting dicobalt:
I really don't expect to see many 2011 based systems outside of very high end situations.



That's what sockets 1366 and 2011 were designed for, nothing less. Guarantees the buyer of said CPU's to get the pick of the litter also. aka max performance/stability bins
 
 
+4 #8 johndgr 2011-07-22 21:25
47%? Where? I only see a +12-15% and an estimated 36% in Physics in 3DMark. Now please, memory bandwidth and Sandra is a joke as a real performance indicator. Don't count these useless scores.
+15-20%max and that's it. It is not bad. +15% is great, but 47%? 47% is nice for a title in an article but it is also NOT TRUE. Do you prefer fancy titles or articles that say the TRUTH?
 
 
0 #9 Kakkoii 2011-07-22 21:27
Quoting dicobalt:
Couldn't care less about socket 2011. I much prefer 1155 because it is far cheaper. Quad channel memory seems like a lazy way to get more speed. It's ok for those who can afford it but it's otherwise a dead end solution.


That's exactly who it is for, people who can afford it... Socket 2011 is for high-end/workstation machines. Not every day users or normal gamer machines like you. I work in the CG industry and s2011 is great, will be able to expand my memory capacity quite a bit. That's the reason why it's so much more expensive, because the market for it is small.
 
 
0 #10 Jurassic1024 2011-07-22 21:27
Quoting bardenck:
Quoting Nintendork:
And after seeing what a GPU can achieve in hte bitcoin GPGPU client (see hardocp article), any cpu is just a plain obsolete joke.



can you put a link up for that gpgpu article?



Specifically AMD GPU's. nVIDIA, not so much right now. Some speculate its architecture is too complex.
 

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