Intel’s upcoming HEDT (High-End Desktop) processor Ivybridge E series was supposed to launch during Q3 2013, but then there was news that it has been delayed to Q4 2013 rollout date.
But what’s confirmed is that Ivy Bridge E will be using LGA 2011 socket and its compatible with the existing Intel X79 chip motherboards, but may require an updated BIOS. However, looking at few benchmarks put up by a Chinese site looks like one with the SandyBridge i7-3970X SandyBridge-E processor may not consider this as a worthy investment as the performance shows only 10% boost.
i7-4960X Edition Edition is said to come with the clock speed of 3.6GHz with Turbo boost of up to 4 GHz. It is a 6-core 12HT 15MB L3 Cache processor, specification similar to what i7-3970X has, but with 130w TDP, 20w lower than the SandyBridge-E counterpart.
The above screenshots are benchmarks done with SandyBridge-E i7 3970X processor. In Cinebench 11.5, the CPU makes a score of 10.15 points, followed by 1.41 points with a single core test.
3DMark Vantage generates a CPU score of 35804 and 3DMark 06 generates a CPU score of 8099, followed by wPrime run with 5.01 seconds to complete the 32M test and 149.167 seconds to complete the 1024M test.
With Ivy-Bridge E i7 4960X Edition on the stock:
The HEDT processor generates 10.94 points on CPU and Single score of 1.2 points on Cinbench 11.5
3DMark Vantage generates a CPU score of 38644, whereas 3DMark 06 gets CPU score of 8586. Prime’s 32M test was completed in 4.601 seconds, followed by a 1024M test, which is completed in 139.169 seconds.
The following is the overall performance difference between the two processors.
|Sandy-Bridge-E i7 3970X||Ivy-Bridge E i7 4960X Edition||Difference|
|CineBench 11.5 CPU||10.15||10.94||+0.79|
|CineBench 11.5 CPU (Single)||1.41||1.2||-0.21s|
|SuperPI 8M||1m 59.762s||1m 54.597s||-5.165s|
|SuperPI 32M||9m 55.453s||9m 22.599s||-32.854s|
There is a difference if you performance with other factors.
On the bright side, Intel’s 4960X does seem to have lower TDP, and support for the DDR3-1866 standard. So if you’re considering the performance with 20W TDP lesser, it is not so bad in the technical sense. On the contrary, 20W drop in TDP is a very good reduction, so the processor can take a good advantage of any good enough CPU coolers, especially water cooled loop setup.
Hopefully, the pricing will be equally reasonable once Intel releases this.