Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E CPU Review - HotHardware

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

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Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

 

The new Core i7-4960X put up the best multi-threaded score of any processor in the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark, outpacing the Core i7-3970X by a fraction. In terms of single-thread performance, the Core i7-4960X also scores well, but it outpaced slightly by the Haswell-based processors. 

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

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.

 

The POV-Ray benchmark tells the same story as Cinebench. In these tests, the Haswell-based Core i7 processors put up the best single-thread performance, but the Core i7-4960X's additional cores and relatively high clocks give it an edge over everything else in the multi-threaded benchmark.

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Exact same performance jump as last gen, and 'm not surprised. Maybe we will see a different story somewhere else along the product line.... Hopefully

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I think this CPU is more about power efficiency than it is flat out performance, though it has that too. It's time to move on to next gen hardware though. Haswell here we come.

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So this is what to get if you just won the lottery!

Good review Marco, it must be fun to play with this awesome gear.

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There's an error in the Low Res Gaming section. I'm pretty sure the wording in the last paragraph has been inverted (Crysis ET Quake Wars), otherwise the graphs are incorrectly labelled.

And if the graph labeled 'Crysis' is in fact Crysis, then what is going on there? The 4770k has better IPC/performance per-core, and many other low res gaming benches I've seen with older games reflect this. Why would Crysis be the exception that performs better on the 4960x/3970x? The core count obviously isn't a factor here...

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@oubadah - The graphs and commentary are correct. The reasons IVB-E outperformed the systems it did, despite similar IPC, are mostly likely a combination of it's higher turbo frequency, faster official RAM speed support, and the slightly updated platform (Asus' X79 Deluxe) which was optimized for IVB-E, not only in terms of its firmware but traces to the memory controller and power delivery.

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Great review in new Intel i7 Extreme Edition 4960X. Less power and watts than Intel i7 990X. Smart moves from Intel to made a improved. I am hold for next gen Intel Extreme Edition with 8 cores. I better to save up $$$ for next one.

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Where can anyone buy this?

Google shopping turns up links to products called 4960X for $320, and the vendors selling them are calling them 4960X, but then in the specs, they are only listing 4 cores and 8 megs of L3; it doesn't appear to be the correct product.

Very very confusing.

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I using Athlon II X2 250 :D .. I must buy better processor :)

http://www.battlefield4-cdkey.com/

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Is it bad that the E-Wafer looks delicious to me? :D

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I can only hope the tests improve with an Asus Rampage IV Black.

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