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Unofficial Benchmarks Show Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Performing 10% Faster Than i7-3970X

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Based on very early benchmarks, the upcoming Intel Core i7-4960 Ivy Bridge-E processors will deliver 5 percent to 10 percent better performance than their Sandy Bridge-E predecessor. user “Toppc” has posted some initial benchmarks comparing a Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E to an engineering sample of an i7 Ivy Bridge-E configured to match the upcoming Core i7-4960X processor.

Using Toppc's system configuration (tabulated below), the i7-4960X performed 5 percent to 10 percent better across the board than its Sandy Bridge-E predecessor. Specifically, the i7-4960X scored 10.94 points in CineBench vs. i7-3970X's 10.16 points, 561 vs. 533 points in CPU Mark, 38,644 vs. 35,804 in 3D Mark Vantage, and in WPrime it crunched 32 M in 4.601s vs. 5.01s for the i7-3970X. 

Sandy Bridge-E

Ivy Bridge-E


Core i7-3970X

Core i7-4960X Equivalent

CPU Clock

3.50 GHz (Base) / 4.00 GHz (Turbo)

3.50 GHz (Base) / 4.00 GHz (Turbo)


MSI X79A-GD45 Plus

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus


16 GB DDR3

16 GB DDR3


GeForce GTX 480

GeForce GTX 480

We can’t say we’re surprised to see these results and are certainly looking forward to Intel’s next generation of CPUs. Screenshots from the benchmarks are available below.

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    MajinCry , 26 April 2013 20:03
    Stop the press! 10% performance difference! That's a VAST difference! AMD is going down!
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    gabbriel , 27 April 2013 07:09
    Right stop the press.....AMD is going down as long as our wallets
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    tadej petric , 29 April 2013 11:44
    And thats 4960X not 4970X...