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Front view of Intel Core i7 3960X

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Intel Core i7 3960X

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3960X vs 3930K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3960X
2,595,000 MB/s
Core i7 3930K
2,430,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Core i7 3960X  vs 3930K 

8.0
9.0

8.0
8.0

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3960X  vs
3930K 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 2011
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 51,200 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 65,771.52 MB

details

Core i7 3960X  vs
3930K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 15 MB 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 2,270,000,000 2,270,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 33 32
Voltage range 0.6 - 1.35V 0.6 - 1.35V
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.8°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 156 598
Overclocked clock speed 4.76 GHz 4.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.58 GHz 4.67 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,065.9 6,119.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.76 GHz 4.67 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 56.39 $/year 56.96 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 184.84 $/year 177.83 $/year
Performance per watt 5.04 pt/W 5.5 pt/W
Idle power consumption 73.9W 81.4W
Peak power consumption 211W 203W
Typical power consumption 176.72W 172.6W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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