Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E 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.

AMD FX-8150 Detailed Benchmark Results:

AMD FX-8150 PCMark 7 Benchmark Results

Intel Core i7-3960X Detailed Benchmark Results:

Intel Core i7-3960X PCMark 7 Benchmark Results

Looking at the detailed test results between the AMD FX-8150 ‘Bulldozer’ and the Intel Core i7-3960X ‘Sandy Bridge-E’ processor we can see that Intel rules the roost in this test. Both systems run a Crucial C300 SATA III 6Gbps hard drive, so that is why the system storage tests are nearly identical.

PCMark Vantage Benchmarking

Benchmark Results: PCMark 7 had the Intel Core i7-3060X leading the group of processors be roughly 350 points more than the next competitor, which is the Intel Core i7-990X. It looks like the successor to Gulftown is doing well!

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