82points

Intel Core i3-7100

86points

Intel Core i7-3960X

Intel Core i3-7100
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38 facts in comparison

Intel Core i3-7100 vs Intel Core i7-3960X

Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X
82
points
86
points

Why is Intel Core i3-7100 better than Intel Core i7-3960X?

  • 18nm smaller semiconductor size
    14nmvs32nm
  • 79W lower TDP
    51Wvs130W
  • Has integrated graphics
  • Has Tri-Gate transistors
  • Has F16C
  • Has FMA3
  • Has Intel Quick Sync Video
  • 7.5mm narrower
    37.5mmvs45mm

Why is Intel Core i7-3960X better than Intel Core i3-7100?

  • 2.54x faster CPU speed
    6 x 3.3GHzvs2 x 3.9GHz
  • 8 more CPU threads
    12vs4
  • 1MB bigger L2 cache
    1.5MBvs0.5MB
  • 256KB bigger L1 cache
    384KBvs128KB
  • 6829 higher PassMark result
    12796vs5967
  • 12.8GB/s more memory bandwidth
    51.2GB/svs38.4GB/s
  • 12MB bigger L3 cache
    15MBvs3MB
  • Has an unlocked multiplier

Top specs and features

General info

1.Supports 64-bit
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X

A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit applications.

2.DirectX version

12

10.1

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

Best

AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE

12.1

3.semiconductor size

14nm

32nm

A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.

Best

AMD Ryzen 5 2500X

12nm

4.thermal design power (TDP)

51W

130W

The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.

Best

Intel Atom E3805

3W

5.PCI Express (PCIe) version

3

2

PCI Express (PCIe) is a high speed expansion card standard, that connects the computer to it's peripherals. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.

Best

Intel Core i9-7920X

44

6.OpenGL version

4.4

3

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

Best

Intel Core i5-9600K

4.5

Performance

1.CPU speed

2 x 3.9GHz

6 x 3.3GHz

Best

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

32 x 3GHz

2.L2 cache

0.5MB

1.5MB

A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

Best

Intel Xeon Phi 7235

32MB

3.L1 cache

128KB

384KB

A larger L1 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

Best

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

2250KB

4.L2 core

0.25MB/core

0.25MB/core

More data can be stored in the L2 cache for access by each core of the CPU.

Best

Intel Core i5-4200Y

2.5MB/core

5.CPU threads

4

12

More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.

Best

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

64

6.L3 cache

3MB

15MB

A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

Best

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

64MB

Memory

1.maximum memory bandwidth

38.4GB/s

51.2GB/s

This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.

Best

Intel Xeon E5504

192.2GB/s

2.RAM speed

2400MHz

1600MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Best

AMD Ryzen 5 2500X

2933MHz

3.memory channels

2

4

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Best

Intel Atom x5-Z8350

12.8

4.bus transfer rate

8GT/s

5GT/s

The bus is responsible for transferring data between different components of a computer or device.

Best

Intel Xeon Gold 5115

10.4GT/s

5.maximum memory size

64GB

64GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Best

Intel Xeon E7-8830

4096GB

Features

1.Uses hyperthreading technology
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X

Many of Intel's processors use hyperthreading, which means that each core of the processor can work on two threads at once instead of most processors which work on a single thread per core. This means you can have significant performance gains in certain applications.

2.Has dynamic frequency scaling
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X

Dynamic frequency scaling is a technology that allows the processor to conserve power and reduce noise when it is under a light load.

3.Has AES
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.

4.Supports hardware-assisted virtualization
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X

It is easier to obtain better performance when using virtualization if it is hardware-assisted.

5.SSE version

4.2

4.2

SSE is used to speed up multimedia tasks such as editing an image or adjusting audio volume. Each new version contains new instructions and improvements.

Best

Intel Core i3-9350KF

4.2

6.Has Tri-Gate transistors
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i7-3960X

An advanced transistor technology developed by Intel that allows lower power consumption and higher speeds.

Benchmarks

1.PassMark result

5967

12796

This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.

Best

Intel Xeon W-2195

26470

2.PassMark result (single)

2231

2014

This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.

Best

Intel Core i3-7350K

2625

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