Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Processor Review

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Test Systems

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.

Intel Socket LGA 2011 Test System:

Intel Core i7-4960X Test System

To test out the performance of the Intel Core i7-4960X and Core i7-3960X processors we will be using the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe revision 1.03 motherboard that we got back in 2011.  This board has been used on our test bench for years and has been one heck of a solid board.  ASUS released BIOS 4401 on 9/2/2013 and that is the version that we used for all testing. The Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.5v and 9-10-9-27 2T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M311 firmware. We will be using a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan video cards in 2-way SLI to check out gaming performance on both the LGA1150 and LGA2011 platforms today.

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AMD Socket FM2 System:

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The AMD A85X platform that we used to test the AMD socket FM2 processors featured the GA-F2A85X-UP4 motherboard with BIOS F4 that came out on 3/13/2013. The Corsair Dominator Platnium 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.5v and 9-11-11-31 1T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M311 firmware.

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Intel LGA 1150 Test System:

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The Intel Z87 platform that we used to test the Intel 1150 processors was running the Intel DZ87KL-75K motherboard with BIOS 1817 that came out on 5/08/2013. The Corsair Dominator Platnium 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.5v and 9-11-11-31 1T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M310 firmware.

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Here is a quick look at the CPU-Z information for our main test system that we’ll be doing the testing on.

 

Intel LGA1150 Test Platform

Component

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Processor

Intel Core i7-4770K

Motherboard

Intel DZ87KL-75K Click Here

Memory

8GB Donimator 2133MHz Click Here

Video Card

N/A

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Hard Drive

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD

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Cooling

Intel Retail Boxed

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Keyboard

Corsair K90

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Mouse

Corsair M95

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Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

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Operating System

Windows 8 64-Bit

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