Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition
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Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition: 54 facts and highlights

1. total clock speed

6 x 3.3GHz
AMD Opteron 6220: 24 x 9GHz
153
0

2. RAM speed

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
1600MHz
Samsung Exynos 7420: 2873MHz
107
0

3. semiconductor size

A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.
32nm
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: 10nm
68
0

4. CPU threads

More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
12
Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4: 48
67
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. PassMark result

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

7. 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 Z650: 3W
61
0

8. L2 cache

A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
1.50MB
AMD Opteron 6284 SE: 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: 2.50MB/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 i7-6950X: 51251
56
0

11. maximum memory bandwidth

This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.
51.20GB/s
Intel Xeon E5504: 192.20GB/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.
3.90GHz
AMD FX-9590: 5GHz
53
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13. DirectX version

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
10.10
Intel Core i5-7600T: 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 Extreme Edition
45% 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 Extreme Edition
7% have it
45
0

16. 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 Extreme Edition
86% have it
43
0

17. number of transistors

A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.
2270 million
Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4: 7200 million
43
0

18. Has AES

AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition
69% have it
42
0

19. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
4
Intel Core i7-6950X: 4
41
0

20. L3 cache

A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
15MB
Intel Xeon E7-8893 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 Xeon E3-1280 v6: 3
40
0

22. PassMark result (single)

This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.
2014
Intel Core i3-7350K: 2625
40
0

23. L3 core

More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
2.50MB/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 A10-7890K: 4.50
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 M7-6Y75: 1420.8
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 Extreme Edition: 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.
1.10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 653: 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 Extreme Edition
89% have it
34
0

30. SysMark 2012 result

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

31. 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 Extreme Edition
95% have it
32
0

32. DivX encoding result

This benchmark tests to see how quickly the CPU can encode a DivX video using the XMPEG program.
22.50s
Intel Core i7-4960X: 18.70s
30
0

33. bus transfer rate

The bus is responsible for transferring data between different components of a computer or device.
5GT/s
Intel Xeon E7-8893 v4: 9.60GT/s
30
0

34. height

52.50mm
Apple A5 APL7498: 6mm
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 Extreme Edition
77% have it
29
0

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