Excerpt: Six cores, twelve threads, 3.6 GHz base, 4 GHz turbo, 15 MB of cache, quad-channel memory, and a 22nm die. The specs speak for themselves, the Intel Core i7-4960X is a monster.
By now everyone knows Core i7 means performance.
Excerpt: This processor has six cores with Intel hyperthreading that gives it a total of 12 threads. The latest PC games and high-end video editing software will run beautifully with this processor, and it can definitely handle the most demanding tasks you throw at it.
Summary: Summarizing the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge Extreme processor is like summarizing the
Sandy Bridge Core i7-3960X
Haswell Core i7-4770K
in to one thought. While it has a stronger core than Sandy Bridge, the Ivy Bridge and Haswell 22nm processors have very limited contact surface with current...
Pros: 6 Core - 12 Thread computing power, All kinds of PCIE Lane bandwidth support, Quad channel 1866MHz DDR3 support, Fastest CPU on the market, Costs slightly less for power users this time
Cons: Costs the usual premium, Limited thermal transfer surface and slightly hotter than previous generation, Limited chipset refresh support
Conclusion: The X79 Chipset has been a very capable enthusiasts chipset for awhile now but some features I think should really be available to the high end at this point such as more than two SATA 6G ports.
Summary: So, these scatter plots with price and performance kinda put things into perspective, don't they? The 4960X really is the fastest desktop CPU overall, but it ain't exactly blowing my skirt up here compared to the 3970X.
You know what would probably look great on these plots?
Summary: System Benchmarks -
In PC Mark 7, we can see that the category scores are improved, while the overall score is much improved. Intel boasts a 18% increase in CPU performance but Cinebench gives the 4960X a 12% difference in performance.
Conclusion: The Ivy Bridge-powered Core i7-4960X is an anachronistic chip. Already superceded in terms of architecture by the Haswell range of processors earlier this year, IVB-E is Intel saying that it can release high-performance CPUs whenever it so wishes, with whatever architecture it deems fit - a thought...
Conclusion: Intel’s Core i7 4960X will have an MSRP of $990. It’s slightly cut down younger brother the Core i7 4930K will cost $555 and the only quad core the Core i7 4820K costs $310. Currently the Core i7 3960X has a tray price of $999, the Core i7 3930K has a tray price of $583 and the Core i7 3820K has a...
Pros: Exceptional multi-threaded performance, Decent generational increase in performance, Significant power consumption reductions, Backward compatibility with current X79 motherboards, Slightly cheaper than Sandy Bridge-E was at launch
Cons: Runs hotter but only by a small margin, Still an expensive and therefore exclusive platform, Overclocking potential in raw GHz terms has been reduced, Haswell’s 4770K trumps it in applications requiring 4 cores or less
Summary: Final Thoughts
When we covered the Haswell launch back in June it was pretty exciting because it was a brand new microarchitecture which brought many new improvements, a new chipset with new features and that meant new motherboards as well.
Pros: – Improved performance over the previous generation, – Better power consumption, – Runs cooler, – 40 PCIExpress lanes, – Quad channel memory