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Core i7-3970X Extreme Review: Can It Stomp An Eight-Core Xeon?

Benchmark Results: Content Creation

3ds Max is fully threaded, so Intel’s Xeon enjoys a quantifiable advantage. The Core i7-3970X does really well, though, besting its predecessor by a few seconds.

We don’t see the same scaling from Blender’s Cycles engine as we did in 3ds Max. Nevertheless, the Core i7-3970X, -3960X, and Xeon E5-2687W all fall within seconds of each other.

Cinebench gives us the ability to isolate single-core performance and then fully utilize each processor. Not surprisingly, Ivy Bridge-based processors generally demonstrate the best single-core ratings. Cores and clock rate build on those figures though, and the Sandy Bridge-E-based chips surge ahead, led by Intel’s Xeon E5-2687W.

Similar to 3ds Max, SolidWorks’ PhotoView 360 completely utilizes the Xeon, rewarding its eight cores with a first-place finish. The new Core i7-3970X runs at higher clock rates, but because it employs two fewer cores, it slides back into second place.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.