Intel Core i7-3970X vs. Intel Core i7-3960X

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i7-3970X CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition Family Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition
Intel Core i 3000X CPU group Intel Core i 3000X
3 Generation 3
Sandy Bridge E Architecture Sandy Bridge E
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

6 Cores 6
12 Threads 12
3.50 GHz Frequency 3.30 GHz
4.00 GHz Turbo (1 Core) 3.90 GHz
4.00 GHz Turbo (All Cores) 3.90 GHz
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? Yes

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
GPU frequency
GPU (Turbo)
GPU Generation
Technology
Max. displays
Execution units
Shader
Max. GPU Memory
DirectX Version

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
No Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC No
No Codec VC-1 No
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

DDR3-1600 Memory DDR3-1600
Max. Memory
4 Memory channels 4
No ECC No
L2 Cache
15.00 MB L3 Cache 15.00 MB
PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

150 W TDP (PL1) 130 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

32 nm Technology 32 nm
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
LGA 2011 Socket LGA 2011
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d (C2 Stepping) Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d (C2 Stepping)
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q4/2012 Release date Q4/2011
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Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
135 (85%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
159 (100%)
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Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
1065 (92%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
1158 (100%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
801 (96%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
836 (100%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
4981 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
4973 (100%)
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Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 3 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
3350 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
3314 (99%)
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Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 3 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
19425 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
19300 (99%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
1.61 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
1.57 (98%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
10.12 (89%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
11.35 (100%)
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Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
12790 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6x 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz) HT
12712 (99%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3960X
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