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.
|Header Cell - Column 0||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.