Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel Core i7-3960X
Top 19%422 points
Top 19%
Top specs and features

Intel Core i7-3960X: 54 facts and highlights

1. total clock speed

2. RAM speed

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

3. semiconductor size

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

4. CPU threads

More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.

5. L1 cache

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

6. L2 cache

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

7. PassMark result

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

8. 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.

9. maximum memory bandwidth

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

10. L2 core

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

11. GeekBench result

This is a cross-platform benchmark that measures the performance of the CPU. (Source: Primate Labs, 2017)

12. 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
88% have it

13. 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.

14. DirectX version

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

15. Has AES

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.
Intel Core i7-3960X
72% have it

16. 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
47% have it

17. 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

18. memory channels

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

19. 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
93% have it

20. Supports hardware-assisted virtualization

It is easier to obtain better performance when using virtualization if it is hardware-assisted.
Intel Core i7-3960X
90% have it

21. number of transistors

A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.

22. L3 cache

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

23. PassMark result (single)

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

24. 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.

25. L3 core

More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.

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