Intel Core i7-3960x vs. i7-3970x: A Clash of Titans
22 January 2013
Excerpt: With the Intel Core i7-3970X taking the crown for the fastest six-core processor for the desktop market, how can this 150W TDP monster compare to its younger brother, the i7-3960X? Can the $10 difference in price justify its performance and stability? In this review the Core i7-3960X and the Core i7-3970X go head-to-head in some real-world application benchmarks. [review_ad] Understandable.
Conclusion: These benchmarks have different thread requirements. While ACDSee easily utilizes multiple threads to convert RAWs and do filtering, GIMP needs only one, and Photoshop fits in between. As a result, CPUs up to $200-300 can show varying results, while Extreme Edition processors provide hardly any benefits. According to the tests, the Core 2 Duo processors seem to be the last CPUs these benchmarks have been optimized for.
Summary: Intel Core i7-3960X has been the fastest processors for high-performance desktop systems for an entire year. But time has come for it to step down: today Intel offers Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition. Although the newcomer is hardly any different from its predecessor, we decided to subject it to detailed features and performance testing in our lab.
Summary: Intel clearly has brought the 3970X Extreme Edition to the table because they can and not because they needed to do so. The previous crop of Bulldozer CPUs from AMD competed mainly against the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge line of processors and not the higher end Sandy Bridge-E ones.
Conclusion: Intel havde ikke behøvet at lancere Core i7-3970X. Deres -3960X chip var allerede den hurtigste single-socket workstation processor på markedet. Men Intel har siden Sandy Bridge-E for et år siden lanceret sin Ivy Bridge arkitektur. Bedre performance per clock cyklus gav entusiasterne noget at overveje: skal der spares penge og købes end quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, eller skal der bruges penge på en ældre arkitektur for de ekstra kerner og den mere generøse PCI Express...
Excerpt: Intel tiene en la actualidad las CPU más potentes del mercado y aunque el interés de la gente parece ir poco a poco hacia otro tipo de soluciones sin duda este procesador aun marca la pauta en rendimiento.