Intel Core i7-3960X Review

Intel Core i7-3960X Review

Test Setup

Being a refinement of already existing technology we’re able to use a large amount of our standard test setup for our review of the Intel Core i7-3960X. One of the biggest changes, besides the obvious board/CPU one, is the move to Quad Channel RAM. G.Skill have recently been included into the official Intel XMP partner list and provided us with a set of their RipjawsZ for todays testing. 16GB @ 2133 9-11-10-28. We’re pretty certain this makes it the fastest kit around with 4GB density sticks.

Intel Core i7-3960X Review     Intel Core i7-3960X Review  

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As for the rest of our test setup it’s similar to our normal one :

Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel DX79SI Motherboard
nVidia GTX570
ForceWare 285.62
16GB G.Skill RipjawsZ 2133MHz
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Noctua NH-D14
Windows 7 x64

Being both a spiritual follow-up to the X58 and Sandy Bridge on steroids we’ve tried to cover as many models as possible when building our results graphs. However as we haven’t always got everything to hand, and because the software we use for benchmarking is updated pretty regularly we don’t always have comparable results on hand, so some graphs are bigger than others.

Finally as we have some non-Intel boards on hand we’re leaving the i7-3960X at stock settings for all of our testing. So for this particular processor that means a base clock of 3.3GHz and a Turbo frequency of up to 3.9GHz.

Let’s get down to it.