Intel Core i7-3960X
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16GHz - 21.33GHz
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total clock speed
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semiconductor size
number of transistors
RAM speed
thermal design power (TDP)
6 x 3.3
GHz
AMD Opteron 6220
8 x 8GHz
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Intel Core i7-3960X: 54 facts and highlights

1. total clock speed

6 x 3.3GHz
AMD Opteron 6220: 24 x 8GHz
148
0

2. RAM speed

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
1600MHz
Samsung Exynos 7420: 2873MHz
104
0

3. CPU threads

More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
12
Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4: 48
65
0

4. semiconductor size

A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.
32nm
MediaTek Helio X30: 10nm
64
0

5. L1 cache

A larger L1 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
384KB
AMD Opteron 6180 SE: 1536KB
62
0

6. thermal design power (TDP)

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.
130W
Intel Atom Z670: 3W
61
0

7. PassMark result

This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.
12796
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084: 17470
61
0

8. L2 cache

A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
1.5MB
AMD Opteron 6380: 16MB
60
0

9. L2 core

More data can be stored in the L2 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
0.25MB/core
Intel Core i5-4200Y: 2.5MB/core
56
0

10. GeekBench result

This is a cross-platform benchmark that measures the performance of the CPU. (Source: Primate Labs, 2017)
16241
Intel Core i7-4960X: 22113
55
0

11. maximum memory bandwidth

This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.
51.2GB/s
Intel Xeon E5504: 192.2GB/s
54
0

12. turbo clock speed

When the CPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.
3.9GHz
AMD FX-9590: 5GHz
53
0

13. DirectX version

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
10.1
AMD A10-7870K: 12
50
0

14. Uses hyperthreading technology

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.
Intel Core i7-3960X
41% have it
49
0

15. Has an unlocked multiplier

Some processors come with an unlocked multiplier which makes them easy to overclock, allowing you to gain increased performance in games and other applications.
Intel Core i7-3960X
7% have it
45
0

16. number of transistors

A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.
2270 million
Nvidia Tegra K1 (64-bit): 7100 million
43
0

17. Supports 64-bit

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.
Intel Core i7-3960X
84% have it
42
0

18. Has AES

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.
Intel Core i7-3960X
65% have it
41
0

19. PassMark result (single)

This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.
2014
Intel Core i7-4790K: 2546
40
0

20. L3 cache

A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
15MB
Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4: 60MB
40
0

21. PCI Express (PCIe) version

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.
2
Intel Core i7-4770K: 3
40
0

22. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
4
Intel Core i7-3960X: 4
40
0

23. L3 core

More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
2.5MB/core
Intel Xeon E7-8893 v4: 15MB/core
39
0

24. PassMark result (overclocked)

This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU whilst it is overclocked.
14915
Intel Core i7-5960X: 18948
38
0

25. OpenGL version

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
3
AMD A10-7860K: 4.5
37
0

26. performance per watt

This means the CPU is more efficient, giving a greater amount of performance for each watt of power used.
125
Intel Core i7-4720HQ: 396.87
35
0

27. 7zip benchmark

This benchmark tests the CPU to see how well it performs using the 7zip program.
31232MIPS
Intel Core i7-3960X: 31232MIPS
34
0

28. OpenCL version

Some applications use OpenCL to utilise the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.
1.1
Intel Xeon E3-1275 v5: 2
34
0

29. Supports hardware-assisted virtualization

It is easier to obtain better performance when using virtualization if it is hardware-assisted.
Intel Core i7-3960X
88% have it
33
0

30. SysMark 2012 result

SysMark 2012 result for overall CPU performance.
241
Intel Core i7-980X: 257
33
0

31. DivX encoding result

This benchmark tests to see how quickly the CPU can encode a DivX video using the XMPEG program.
22.5s
Intel Core i7-4960X: 18.7s
30
0

32. bus transfer rate

The bus is responsible for transferring data between different components of a computer or device.
5GT/s
Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4: 9.6GT/s
30
0

33. height

52.5mm
Apple A5 APL7498: 6mm
30
0

34. Has dynamic frequency scaling

Dynamic frequency scaling is a technology that allows the processor to conserve power and reduce noise when it is under a light load.
Intel Core i7-3960X
95% have it
30
0

35. Has MMX

MMX is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.
Intel Core i7-3960X
74% have it
29
0

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