Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review

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Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

In terms of its single-thread / core performance, the Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition performs on par with the Core i7-3770K (not surprisingly). With its additional cores, however, and the Core i7-3760X Extreme Edition pulls well ahead of the quad-core chips in our reference group and squeaks past the Core i7-3960X.
 
POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

Our results with POV-RAY look much like those from Cinebench above. The Core i7-3970X puts up the best multi-threaded score by a fair amount and its single-threaded performance is among the best as well.

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Nice to hear but this one might be super expensive that ordinary people cant afford to buy :(

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the 3960X is $1049.99 on newegg... this is the 3970x...you sir, are correct.

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And what happened to Ivy Bridge-E?

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Ivy Bridge-E hasn't been released yet... ;-)

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Looks to be a pretty incredible processor. Like the others have pointed out, well beyond what I could even begin to afford for a PC.

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If you have actual use for this chip, it is a monster and worth every penny from a productivity perspective IMO. Def. not cheap, thats why we have the 3930K otherwise :)

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Great Reviews on new Intel I7 3970X. I like this. Very impressed that it can run at 4.80 GHz. plenty power for this i7 3970X.

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I would prefer my 3770k price for performance. The 3970 and x79 platform is more for bragging rights then anything else.

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When are the pecs for the haswell proccessors going to be released? i want to buy a 3970x when they do. I've been saving up and can't wait.

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I though it would smoke FX-8350 by a very large margin. But surprisingly, only about 60% faster. I'm quite impressed with AMD , albeit much higher power consumption, but hey, its 4 times cheaper.

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