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Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition (LGA 2011) CPU Review - PCMark 7 and HyperPi

The much anticipated replacement to the X58 platform is here. We look at the 3960X EE and the associated X79 chipset!

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 8:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

PCMark 7

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.04

Developer Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com

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PCMark 7 includes a range of tests that give different views of your system's performance. In the Advanced Edition you can choose which tests to run. The common use and hardware component tests are unavailable in the Basic Edition.

 

Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. This is the only test that returns an official PCMark score. The Lightweight test measures the system capabilities of entry-level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the PCMark test, but it does not generate a PCMark score. Common use performance is measured by the scenario tests - Entertainment, Creativity and Production - each of which results in a scenario score. Hardware component performance is measured by the hardware tests - Computation and Storage - each of which results in a hardware score.

 

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The first thing we need to say is that PCMark 7 doesn't like being ran on an overclocked 3960X. You can see that not only does the default PCMark score not move, but the Lightweight one takes a massive dip in performance. This makes it hard to compare it against everything else, but even with this anomaly, the 2600k at stock shows very slimier performance with the 2600k @ 5.2GHz being the only setup that is able to put itself ahead of it.

 

 

HyperPi 0.99

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99

Developer Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br

Product Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br

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HyperPi is a front end for SuperPi that allows for multiple concurrent instances of SuperPi to be run on each core recognized by the system. It is very dependent on CPU to memory to HDD speed. The faster these components, the faster it is able to figure out the number Pi to the selected length.

 

For our testing we use the 32M run. This means that each of the four physical and four logical cores for the i7 and the four physical cores of the i5 is trying to calculate the number Pi out to 32 million decimal places. Each "run" is a comparative to ensure accuracy and any stability or performance issues in the loop mentioned above will cause errors in calculation.

 

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Looking at Hyper PI performance, it's funny to see the Intel platforms so separated from the AMD ones. You can see compared to a stock 2600k our 3960X is coming in about 40 seconds faster. Compared to the older 990X, you can see that the performance of the 3960X at stock is actually stronger than the 990X at 4GHz. Of course, overclocked we see the 3960X perform even faster with it shaving a minute off the 2600k time which is running 200MHz faster.

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