Unofficial Benchmarks Show Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Performing 10% Faster Than i7-3970X

Coolaler.com user “Toppc” has posted some initial benchmarks comparing a Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E to an engineering sample of an i7 Ivy Bridge-E configured to match the upcoming Core i7-4960X processor.

Using Toppc's system configuration (tabulated below), the i7-4960X performed 5 percent to 10 percent better across the board than its Sandy Bridge-E predecessor. Specifically, the i7-4960X scored 10.94 points in CineBench vs. i7-3970X's 10.16 points, 561 vs. 533 points in CPU Mark, 38,644 vs. 35,804 in 3D Mark Vantage, and in WPrime it crunched 32 M in 4.601s vs. 5.01s for the i7-3970X. 


Sandy Bridge-E

Ivy Bridge-E

CPU

Core i7-3970X

Core i7-4960X Equivalent

CPU Clock

3.50 GHz (Base) / 4.00 GHz (Turbo)

3.50 GHz (Base) / 4.00 GHz (Turbo)

Motherboard

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus

RAM

16 GB DDR3

16 GB DDR3

GPU

GeForce GTX 480

GeForce GTX 480

We can’t say we’re surprised to see these results and are certainly looking forward to Intel’s next generation of CPUs. Screenshots from the benchmarks are available below.

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  • 796522 said:
    All that time for 10%, that sucks. It's been 2 years since Sandy Bridge E came out.

    What else did you expect? SB to IB only had 5-10% improvement on mainstream LGA1155 chips so it follows naturally that the same would occur on LGA2011.

    Based on leaked Haswell numbers, you can expect Haswell-E to be yet another "only ~10%" over IB-E as well.

    The majority of cost-effective and power-efficient clock+IPC improvements are tapped out. We will most likely never see the days of 40%/year improvements ever again unless Intel and AMD decide to start a core count war... but such a war is pointless when almost no mainstream software is capable of making meaningful use of it.
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  • Small steps just means that our current hardware is going to be competitive longer.
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  • All that time for 10%, that sucks. It's been 2 years since Sandy Bridge E came out.
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  • hopefully they at least fix and update all the mobo issues with Sandy E. I want to upgrade from my OCed 2500K because I'm starting to do some processor heavy work, and it seems that neither 4770k nor 4960X are too interesting atm. should've just bought a 3960x or something
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  • Sounds about exactly what I'd expect anymore from one generation to the next.
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