Intel Core i7-3960X Review

Intel Core i7-3960X Review

As we have a new RAM kit and a new chipset we felt it would be worth looking at how much of a difference that faster RAM can make, when compared to slower, but identically timed, RAM.

AIDA64 – RAM Speed

The read speed is the biggest thing that changes between the different speeds. This has some impact in the copy speed as one would expect, but the surprise is that the write speed doesn’t change at all. Perplexing.

 

SiSoft Sandra – RAM Speed

The Sandra bandwidth test does give us the linear increase we’d expect to see, and certainly has a large effect upon the cache and memory bandwidth, especially at 2133MHz where the i7-3960X and G.Skill combine to give nearly 200GB/s bandwidth.