Intel Core i7-3960X Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Intel Core i7-3960X was released in Q4/2011 and has 6 cores. The processor can process 12 threads simultaneously and uses a mainboard with the socket LGA 2011. In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the Intel Core i7-3960X achieved a result of 804 points (single-core) or 4,973 points (multi-core).
Intel Core i7-3960X

At a glance

Name: Intel Core i7-3960X
Family: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition (24)
CPU group: Intel Core i 3000X (4)
Architecture: Sandy Bridge E
Technology: 32 nm
Segment: Desktop / Server
Generation: 3
Predecessor: --
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i7-3960X has 6 cores. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i7-3960X is 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz). An initial performance assessment can be made using the number of CPU cores.

CPU Cores / Threads: 6 / 12
Core architecture: normal
Cores: 6x
Hyperthreading / SMT: Yes
Overclocking: Yes
Frequency: 3.30 GHz
Turbo Frequency (1 Core): 3.90 GHz
Turbo Frequency (6 Cores): 3.90 GHz

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i7-3960X supports a maximum of 64 GB memory. Depending on the mainboard, the processor can use a maximum of 4 (Quad Channel) memory channels. This results in a maximum bandwidth of the main memory of 51.2 GB/s.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
DDR3-1600
51.2 GB/s
Max. Memory: 64 GB
Memory channels: 4 (Quad Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 2.0 x 40
PCIe Bandwidth: 20.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i7-3960X has a TDP of 130 W. Based on the TDP, the system manufacturer can and must adapt the cooling solution to the processor.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 130 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

Modern production reduces the waste heat of a processor and increases its efficiency. The Intel Core i7-3960X is made in 32 nm and has 15.00 MB cache.

Technology: 32 nm
Chip design: Monolithic
Socket: LGA 2011
L2-Cache: --
L3-Cache: 15.00 MB
AES-NI: Yes
Operating systems: Windows 10, Linux
Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d (C2 Stepping)
Instruction set (ISA): x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
Release date: Q4/2011
Release price: 970 $
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

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Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Intel Core i7-3960X have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.


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 i3-4330 Intel Core i3-4330
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
805
Intel Core i5-3570 Intel Core i5-3570
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
805
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3
10C 20T @ 3.00 GHz
805
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
804
Intel Core i7-5700EQ Intel Core i7-5700EQ
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
804
AMD EPYC 7401P AMD EPYC 7401P
24C 48T @ 3.00 GHz
804
MediaTek Dimensity 930 MediaTek Dimensity 930
8C 8T @ 2.20 GHz
803

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
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
4981
Intel Xeon D-1548 Intel Xeon D-1548
8C 16T @ 2.00 GHz
4981
Intel Core i5-8600 Intel Core i5-8600
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
4977
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
4973
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 1600
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
4970
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 1600
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
4970
MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ MediaTek Dimensity 9200+
8C 8T @ 3.35 GHz
4946

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i7-4820K Intel Core i7-4820K
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
740
Intel Core i7-3740QM Intel Core i7-3740QM
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
739
Intel Core i7-3770K Intel Core i7-3770K
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
737
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
736
Intel Celeron J6412 Intel Celeron J6412
4C 4T @ 2.60 GHz
735
Intel Core i3-5020U Intel Core i3-5020U
2C 4T @ 2.20 GHz
735
Intel Core i3-4000M Intel Core i3-4000M
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
735

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Processor N200 Intel Processor N200
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3504
Intel Core i7-4770T Intel Core i7-4770T
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
3497
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
8C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
3490
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
3488
Intel Xeon D-2123IT Intel Xeon D-2123IT
4C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
3482
Intel Core i3-9100T Intel Core i3-9100T
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3474
Samsung Exynos 1480 Samsung Exynos 1480
8C 8T @ 2.75 GHz
3472

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 i7-1065G7 Intel Core i7-1065G7
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8477
Intel Core i7-1180G7 Intel Core i7-1180G7
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
8466
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
8460
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
8454
Intel Xeon E3-1275 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1275 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
8451
AMD FX-8370E AMD FX-8370E
8C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
8402
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
8382

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
2688
AMD Ryzen 3 4300GE AMD Ryzen 3 4300GE
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
2674
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U
6C 12T @ 2.10 GHz
2654
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.30 GHz
2643
Intel Core i3-10320 Intel Core i3-10320
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
2633
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
2623
Intel Core i7-11370H Intel Core i7-11370H
4C 8T @ 3.30 GHz
2613

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 i3-6320 Intel Core i3-6320
2C 4T @ 3.90 GHz
160
Intel Core i3-8140U Intel Core i3-8140U
2C 4T @ 3.90 GHz
160
Intel Core i3-8145U Intel Core i3-8145U
2C 4T @ 3.90 GHz
160
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
159
Intel Core i5-10400T Intel Core i5-10400T
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
159
Intel Core i5-1030G4 Intel Core i5-1030G4
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
159
Intel Core i5-8257U Intel Core i5-8257U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
159

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 i5-9600K Intel Core i5-9600K
6C 6T @ 4.30 GHz
1165
Intel Core i5-9600KF Intel Core i5-9600KF
6C 6T @ 4.30 GHz
1165
Intel Xeon E5-2630L v4 Intel Xeon E5-2630L v4
10C 20T @ 2.20 GHz
1160
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
1158
Intel Xeon E5-2643 v4 Intel Xeon E5-2643 v4
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
1150
Intel Xeon E5-2643 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2643 v3
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
1149
Intel Core i7-5930K Intel Core i7-5930K
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
1149

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