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Ivy Bridge-E i7 4960X Roughly 10% Faster Than Sandy Bridge-E i7 3970X



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We haven’t really seen much in the way of Ivy Bridge-E performance but given the roughly 5-10% leap in performance we saw between Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge we can probably expect to see something similar with the Sandy Bridge-E to Ivy Bridge-E transition. Indeed early engineering sample testing of a Ivy Bridge-E CPU shows that at stock i7 4960X specifications, the sample was able to out-pace the stock i7 3970X by approximately 5-10% across a variety of tests.

The two processors use a common socket design – LGA 2011 – and so were both chips were tested on an MSI X79A-GD45 Plus motherboard with v17.1 BIOS and 16GB of 1600MHz RAM. The early testing used SuperPi mod 1.6, CPU Mark ’99, WPrime 1.63, Cinebench 11.5, 3DMark Vantage CPU score and 3DMark 06 CPU score.

Here are the results:

Cinebench 11.5 – 3970X 10.16 and 4960X 10.94

SuperPi 32M Mod 1.6 – 3970X 595.4 seconds and 4960X 562.6 seconds

CPU Mark ’99 – 3970X 533 and 4960X 561

3DMark Vantage CPU – 3970X 35804 and 4960X 38644

3DMark 06 CPU – 3970X 8099 and 4960X 8586

WPrime 1.63 – 3970X 5.01 seconds and 4960X 4.601 seconds

So the results show about 5-10% higher performance depending on the application so there is nothing really out of the ordinary here. I think what most people will want to know about Ivy Bridge-E is how the overclocking is, hot high the temperatures are and what the power consumption is like.

Unfortunately we will have to wait a while yet to see that information. If you want to see the proof screenshots for the above results then please see the source.

What do you think of these results? Are they what you expected? Are the generational improvements enough to make you want to upgrade?

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  • Oh yes absolutely. Even if it’s twice the price it’s worth it… Don’t be ridiculous. Any reasonable person who considers paying the recommended retail prices for these chips should undergo psychiatric evaluation.

  • Guest

    Very few will upgrade from sandy bridge-e. Intel is a cheap company who uses cheap thermal grease on high-end processors such as ivy bridge so despicable. Lack of competition from amd doesn’t help were nearing on 4th generation now but quad-core is still mainstream if there is competition 6 or 8 cores could have been mainstream now. Humanity’s advancement in computer is stalled thanks to greediness. Imagine if were folding@home with 6-8 cores on Intel processors there could have been a cure for cancer or other diseases right now. But sadly no they will keep milking consumers of money with merely 4 or 6 cores until the end of days. I wonder if 5th generation will be 4 cores all over again. These should not be extreme make it mainstream! -End of rant. I like my i7 btw but it could have been better.

    • d6bmg

      Partially agree but can’t agree with thermal grease paste comment. Intel’s business is all about making processors. They don’t care about TIM and they shouldn’t.

      • Ericson Raymundo

        Obviously you don’t know about their use of cheap TIM inside the processor? Before they are soldered but because they are cheap they used cheap paste between the heat spreader and the chip. I recommend you watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXs0I5kuoX4 for enlightenment.

        • d6bmg

          Ok. I misunderstood your point. I thought that you were talking about the TIM that come with Intel stock coolers.

  • Guest

    Sorry double post I can’t seem to find the delete button.
    Very few will upgrade from sandy bridge-e. Intel is a cheap company who uses cheap thermal grease on high-end processors such as ivy bridge so despicable. Lack of competition from amd doesn’t help were nearing on 4th generation now but quad-core is still mainstream if there is competition 6 or 8 cores could have been mainstream now. Humanity’s advancement in computer is stalled thanks to greediness. Imagine if were folding@home with 6-8 cores on Intel processors there could have been a cure for cancer or other diseases right now. But sadly no they will keep milking consumers of money with merely 4 or 6 cores until the end of days. I wonder if 5th generation will be 4 cores all over again. These should not be extreme make it mainstream! -End of rant. I like my i7 btw but it could have been better.

  • d6bmg

    Only 10% ?? Good marketing move, but bad for enthusiasts..

  • Mirko

    Maybe someone needs this expensive processor… I’d be happy with AMD FX-6300.