System Overview & Testing Procedures
We will be directly comparing the Intel i7-4960X to the previous generations i7-3970X processor. The processors specifications are extremely close, which means this will be a good test to see what Intel has improved in this generation. The i7-3970X has a default clock speed of 3.5 GHz and a turbo boost up to 4.0 GHz. The i7-4960X has a default clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a turbo boost up to 4.0 GHz.
Since the i7-4960X uses the same LGA2011 socket as the previous generation we will be using the same system for testing. Our test system is comprised of the following components.
Processor: Intel Core i7-4960X / i7-3970x
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
Memory: 16GB Kingston 10th Anniversary DDR3-2400
Power: Thermaltake Smart 750W
Storage: 120GB SSD
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12S
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II with 5 fans
Before we started testing we set the optimized defaults in the BIOS. Then we went ahead and enabled the XMP settings for our memory.
I have separated our benchmark testing into 3 separate categories and you can see below.
- CPU Queen
- CPU PhotoWorxx
- CPU ZLib
- CPU AES
- CPU Hash
X264 HD Benchmark 5.0
- Processor Arithmetic
- Processor Multimedia
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-Bit
Overall System Testing & Video
Alien vs. Predator
Let’s get into testing!