Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition
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Intel Core i7 3960X (Sandy Bridge E) Review: Keeping the High End Alive
15 December 2011
Conclusion: There are two aspects of today's launch that bother me: the lack of Quick Sync and the chipset. The former is easy to understand. Sandy Bridge E is supposed to be a no-compromise, ultra high-end desktop solution.
Summary: This should not be a huge surprise, but the Intel Core i7 3960X
"Sandy Bridge" Extreme Edition processor is one hell of a fast processor
for desktops and workstations. For computationally-intense tests, the i7-3960X
is a measurable upgrade over even the previous-generation Core i7 990X "Gulftown"...
Conclusion: Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms.
Pros: Staggering level of performance, More overclocking mechanisms as compared to Sandy Bridge, 48 PCI-E lanes as compared to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system, Did I mention the performance? It's staggering., Quad-channel memory architecture
Conclusion: Needless to say that this is not what the average enthusiast needs, nor should any game aspire to SNBe, any upgrade in graphics card will result in better average gaming experience – assuming that the system will not be abused to run at the lowest quality and resolution settings.
Conclusion: While I regret not having access to more CPUs to be able to compare it to, there’s no questioning that Intel’s new Core i7-3960X is nothing less than a beast. It performed exceptionally well in every benchmark even at stock settings (which actually means up to 3.9GHz) and is an incredible...
Conclusion: The Sandy Bridge-E microarchitecture that the Intel Core i7 3960X uses went through a lot of development to come to this level. 6 cores and 12 threads make it possible to boost rendering times in heavily multi-threaded applications like video editing software, compositing software, audio editing, 3D...