Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Processor Review

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PCMark 7

PCMark 7 Benchmarking

This is our first use of Futuremark PCMark 7 for a processor review. PCMark 7 which is specifically designed for Windows 7. It measures the performance of the latest PC hardware across a variety of common scenarios.

PCMark Vantage 7 supports both system level and component level benchmarking and comprises several different test suites but for the purposes of this review, we employed the standard test suite. The nice thing about it is that you can submit your scores online and compare against others.

PCMark Vantage Benchmarking

Benchmark Results: Talk about a photo finish!  The Intel Core i7-3960X finished only 94 points ahead of the Core i7-3820! It looks like the faster clock frequency on the Intel Core i7-3820 helped make up for the missing cores and cache in this test. Let’s take a closer look at the results to see what the deciding factor was.

Intel Core i7-3960X Detailed Benchmark Results:

Intel Core i7-3960X PCMark 7 Benchmark Results

Intel Core i7-3820 Detailed Benchmark Results:

Intel Core i7-3820 PCMark 7 Benchmark Results

Looking at the detailed test results between the Intel Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3820 processors we
can see that the Core i7-3960X looks to have won thanks to better performance in the video playback and transcoding downscaling test.

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