Intel Core i7-4960X “Ivy Bridge-E” Gets Pitted Against Core i7-3970X in a Clock-To-Clock Benchmark Comparison

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Apr 25, 2013
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Intel’s Core i7-4960X has also been benchmarked by Toppc at Coolaler Forums, the processor is the flagship part of the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E lineup which would replace the current HEDT “Sandy Bridge-E” platform. The CPU was benchmarked against the current flagship Core i7-3970X processor and clock frequencies were kept the same for a fair comparison.

Intel Core i7-4960X – Flagship Ivy Bridge-E CPU Benchmarked

Intel’s Core i7-4960X is based on the latest 22nm Tri-gate transistor technology, features 6 cores/12 threads and comes with a base clock of 3.30 GHz. The turbo boost frequency is kept at 3.50 GHz. The Core i7-4960X has 15MB of L3 Cache and has a lower TDP of 130W compared to 150W on the Core i7-3970X. As with Sandy Bridge-E CPUs, the Ivy Bridge-E lineup is also compatible with the Socket LGA 2011 on X79 chipset motherboards. The upcoming Haswell-E (2015) lineup would also remain compatible with Socket 2011 but would get a new chipset and DDR4 memory compatibility.

Intel Core i7-4960X (Ivy Bridge-E) Intel Core i7-3970X (Sandy Bridge-E)
Cores/Threads 6/12 6/12
Base Clock 3.30 GHz 3.50 GHz
Turbo Clock 3.60 GHz 3.90 GHz
Cache 15 MB L3 15 MB L3
TDP 130W 150W
Price $999 $999

The clock frequencies are lower than the last generation’s flagship processor however the could not be final since the chip is still in Engineering Phase. The Core i7-4960X was overclocked to match the frequency of Core i7 3960X. You can see the benchmarks results below:

CineBench R11.5 (Single Core):

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 1.52 Points
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 1.41 Points

CineBench R11.5 (Multi Core):

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 10.94
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 10.16

Super PI 1M:

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 10.171 Seconds
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 10.905 Seconds

Super PI 32M:

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 9m 55 Seconds
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 9m 22 Seconds

3DMark Vantage (CPU Score):

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 38644 CPU Marks
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 35804 CPU Marks

3DMark 06 (CPU Score):

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 8586 Marks
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 8099 Marks

WPrime 32M:

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 4.601 Seconds
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 5.01 Seconds

WPrime 1024M:

  • Intel Core i7-4960X: 138.169 Seconds
  • Intel Core i7-3970X: 149.167 Seconds

At best, these benchmarks represent an 8-10% average performance improvement over the old Sandy Bridge-E architecture. This is a similar performance jump we witnessed from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge processors on the LGA 115* platforms. The complete Ivy Bridge-E lineup is expected to launch in Q3 2013 while its successor  the Lituya Bay based Haswell-E processors arrive in 1H of 2015.

Following images are courtesy of TechPowerUp!

Core i7-4960X SuperPI Core i7-4960X 3DMark Vantage Core i7-4960X CIneBench

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