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Testbed and Methods

Since this review is dedicated to the new generation of LGA2011 CPUs, we've collected all the three Ivy Bridge-E models for our tests.


Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition


Core i7-4930K


Core i7-4820K

We are going to test them in comparison with their predecessors from the Sandy Bridge-E generation and with the top-end CPUs for the LGA1155 and LGA1150 platforms. Here's a full list of hardware components we use for our today's test session.

  • Processors:
    • AMD FX-9370 (Vishera, 8 cores, 4.4 – 4.7 GHz, 4x2 L2, 8 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition (Ivy Bridge-E, 6 cores + HT, 3.6 – 4.0 GHz, 6x256 KB L2, 15 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-4930K (Ivy Bridge-E, 6 cores + HT, 3.4 – 3.9 GHz, 6x256 KB L2, 12 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-4820K (Ivy Bridge-E, 4 cores + HT, 3.7 – 3.9 GHz, 4x256 KB L2, 10 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell, 4 cores + HT, 3.5 – 3.9 GHz, 4x256 KB L2, 8 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition (Sandy Bridge-E, 6 cores + HT, 3.5 – 4.0 GHz, 6x256 KB L2, 15 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-3930K (Sandy Bridge-E, 6 cores + HT, 3.2 – 3.8 GHz, 6x256 KB L2, 15 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-3820 (Sandy Bridge-E, 4 cores + HT, 3.6 – 3.8 GHz, 4x256 KB L2, 10 MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge, 4 cores + HT, 3.5 – 3.9 GHz, 4x256 KB L2, 8 MB L3)
  • CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U14S
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 (Socket AM3+, AMD 990FX + SB950)
    • ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe (LGA1155, Intel Z77 Express)
    • ASUS Rampage IV Formula (LGA2011, Intel X79 Express)
    • Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (LGA1150, Intel Z87 Express)
  • System memory:
    • 2 x 8 GB DDR3-2133 SDRAM, 9-11-11-31 (G.Skill [TridentX] F3-2133C9D-16GTX)
    • 4 x 8 GB DDR3-2133 SDRAM, 9-11-11-31 (G.Skill [TridentX] F3-2133C9Q-32GTX)
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB/384-bit GDDR5, 863-902/6008 MHz)
  • Storage: Intel SSD 520 240GB (SSDSC2CW240A3K5)
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX760i (80 Plus Platinum, 760 W).

We run our tests in Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise x64 using the following drivers:

  • AMD Chipset Driver 13.9
  • Intel Chipset Driver 9.4.0.1027
  • Intel Management Engine Driver 9.0.2.1345
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 12.8.0.1016
  • Nvidia GeForce 327.23 Driver
 
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