CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 3570K

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit), GeekBench (64-bit) and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core), Passmark (Single Core) and x264 HD 4.0 (Pass 2)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Passmark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

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Intel Core i5 3570K 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 960

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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 38.81 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
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Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 45 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.46 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 2,012 vs 1,386 More than 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.6 vs 1.18 More than 35% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 24,576 MB Supports around 35% more RAM
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 11,997 vs 9,093 More than 30% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Marginally newer Apr, 2012 vs Oct, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
Better PassMark score 7,166 vs 5,945 More than 20% better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Overclocked) score 5,406.6 vs 3,920.8 Around 40% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better performance per dollar 4.12 pt/$ vs 3.5 pt/$ Around 20% better performance per dollar
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.65 GHz vs 4.37 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz vs 4.53 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Slightly lower annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year vs 113.88 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 960 vs i5 3570K

GeekBench (32-bit)

Core i7 960
8,359
Core i5 3570K
10,842

x264 HD 4.0

Core i7 960
80.4 fps
Core i5 3570K
100.16 fps

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

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Cinebench R11.5

We've ticked our usual benchmark boxes with Cinebench rendering, x264 HD video and gaming on the CPU side.
Core i5 3570K | by Tech Radar (Apr, 2012)

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Core i7 960  vs i5 3570K 

9.7
9.0
Vengeance Performance 3 x 4 GΒ DDR3-1600 - PC3-12800 - CL9 (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9) RAM Kit finally wrapped this up with.
Core i7 960

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 960  vs
i5 3570K 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.46 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

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

gpu

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX N/A 10.x
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,339.9

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB 32,768 MB

details

Core i7 960  vs
i5 3570K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nms 22 nms
Transistor count 731,000,000 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 34
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 103 470
Overclock review score 5 4
Overclocked clock speed 4.37 GHz 4.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.53 GHz 4.8 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,920.8 5,406.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.37 GHz 4.65 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 77W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 38.81 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 106 $/year
Performance per watt 6.33 pt/W 7.83 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 107.5W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 4,800 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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