CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4960X vs 3960X among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 4960X 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 4960X  based on its .

See full details

Cast your vote Do you agree or disagree with CPUBoss?

Thanks for adding your opinion. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news!
VS

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 4960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4960X

Report a correction

CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 4960X Extreme Edition vs the 3960X Extreme Edition.

Front view of Intel Core i7 3960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3960X

Report a correction

CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 3960X Extreme Edition vs the 4960X Extreme Edition.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4960X vs 3960X

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 4960X
2,560,000 MB/s
Core i7 3960X
2,595,000 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 4960X  vs 3960X 

6.0
8.0
This means, for example, that when Intel's Hyper-Threading technology is fully engaged, you have 12 processing threads at your disposal; given that the Core i7-3960X's base clock is 3.3GHz, you're looking at some serious performance just from that.
Core i7 3960X

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4960X  vs
3960X 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
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

power consumption

TDP 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 56.39 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 184.84 $/year
Performance per watt 7.86 pt/W 5.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 176.72W

bus

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

details

Core i7 4960X  vs
3960X 
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 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 66.8°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.5 GHz 4.77 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.32 GHz 4.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.5 GHz 4.77 GHz

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
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 59,733.32 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 65,536 MB
Intel Core i7 4960X
Report a correction
Intel Core i7 3960X
Report a correction

Comments

comments powered by Disqus