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Testbed Configuration

For our today’s test session we received two new Intel processors: Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3930K. Below you can see our CPU-Z screenshots that can provide information about their basic characteristics.


Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition


Core i7-3930K

We compared the performance of these new processors with that of the flagship CPUs for all other existing platforms. As a result, we used the following hardware and software components for our testbed:

  • Processors:
    • AMD FX-8150 (Zambezi, 8 cores, 3.6 GHz, 8 MB L2 + 8 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (Thuban, 6 cores, 3.3 GHz, 3 MB L2 + 6 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge, 4 cores, 3.4 GHz, 1 MB L2 + 8 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-2700K (Sandy Bridge, 4 cores, 3.5 GHz, 1 MB L2 + 8 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-3930K (Sandy Bridge-E, 6 cores, 3.2 GHz, 1.5 MB L2 + 12 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E, 6 cores, 3.3 GHz, 1.5 MB L2 + 15 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition (Gulftown, 6 cores, 3.46 GHz, 1.5 MB L2 + 12 MB L3).
  • Processor cooler: NZXT Havik 140;
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (LGA 1155, Intel Z68 Express);
    • ASUS P9X79 Pro (LGA 2011, Intel X79 Express);
    • Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 (Socket AM3+, AMD 990FX + SB950);
    • Gigabyte X58A-UD5 (LGA 1366, Intel X58 Express).
  • Memory:
    • 2 x 2 GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 9-9-9-27 (Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX);
    • 3 x 2 GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 9-9-9-27 (Crucial BL3KIT25664TG1608);
    • 4 x 2 GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 9-9-9-27 (2 x Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX).
  • Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 6970.
  • Drive: Kingston SNVP325-S2/128GB.
  • Power supply unit: Tagan TG880-U33II (880 W).
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64.
  • Drivers:
    • Intel Chipset Driver 9.2.3.1022;
    • Intel Management Engine Driver 7.1.21.1134;
    • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.6.0.1022;
    • AMD Catalyst 11.10 Display Driver.
 
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