The Core i7-4960x: Intel’s new speed king

Sep

3

2013

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Introduction: better late than never

As is known, following the release of new Intel processors are “tick-tock’ pattern. A tock is a new architecture and a so-called tick that shrink or a smaller production process. Now would be like Intel are complete adjust product lines, with the introduction of a new generation of logical but it does not. The business for a number of years

Nowadays most mobile and desktop processors for higher consumer markets introduced. In practice, that quad-core i7 and i5 processors. On the entry level models, such as the i3’s, Pentiums and Celerons, must usually wait a few months. The fastest processors must however wait more than a year, running a generation behind.

Ivy Bridge E-wafershot

Fastest processors who have for some time en foot. The Nehalems and Westmeres the LGA1366 socket, and since the Sandy Bridge E processors has the 2011 socket pins. Was The latter processors are based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, which was introduced. Together with the consumer processors, in January 2011 However, the Sandy Bridge-E processors, part of the High End DeskTop platform from Intel, followed only in the last quarter of 2011.

Meanwhile, Ivy Bridge, the tick after Sandy Bridge, which was introduced in the first half of 2012 already succeeded by the Haswell generation. Yet it was hedt segment so far by Sandy Bridge-E processors. Intel, however, has finally been released Ivy Bridge E processors with a large generation gap. Was it worth the wait?

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Sandy vs Ivy Bridge E

The Sandy Bridge-E processors were introduced in November 2011, making them for nearly two years have been the representatives of the hedt platform. The series consists of four processors, the latest yet introduced. In November 2012 The common features of the series are SNBE a 32nm production process, a TDP of 130W, and compatibility with LGA2011 socket and X79 chipset.

Core i7-4960X-die

Among the CPU heatspreader was based on eight cores of Sandy Bridge-EP server processors. Two cores were not activated and jointly shared the cores a sizable chunk L3 cache. This resulted in an enormous on: SNB-E was composed of 2.27 billion transistors, which 435mm ². By comparison, that’s twice as many transistors as the Gulftown predecessor and that about eighty percent larger.

Ivy Bridge E picks it something else. The CPUs have as their predecessors about six cores, but that does not contain additional, disabled cores. Ivy Bridge E is thus made up of one with six cores, which are also used in EP processors Ivy Bridge Xeon is. The six cores have 15MB L3 cache and four memory controllers from the previous generation are maintained. Of course Ivy Bridge E is no longer produced on 32nm, but 22nm. This gives a 257mm ² on with 1.86 billion transistors.

The six cores of the E-series processors across the four processors are the only consumer benefits. The high-end CPUs also have two additional memory controllers, totaling four memory channels can be controlled. The total amount of memory is to 64GB are also doubled, as is the bandwidth. Also, more cache available for the cores, with a fair amount of L3 cache 15MB as the terminus.
Series and specs Ivy Bridge E Sandy Bridge E Haswell
Max number of cores / threads 6/12 6/12 4/8
TDP 130W 130W max 84W
Chipset X79 X79 Series 8
Pci-lanes 40x pcie 3.0 40x pcie 2.0 16x pcie 3.0
Memory Controller 4x DDR3, 64GB max 4x DDR3, 64GB max 2x DDR3, 32GB max
Number of transistors 1.86 billion 2.27 billion 1.4 billion
Surface 257mm ² 435mm ² 177mm ²
Process 22nm 32nm 22nm

Who attaches to many PCI-Express lanes already can not escape the hedt processors. In Bloomfield and Gulftown processors associated X58 chipset yielded the 36 lanes available to the platforms could have. Since Sandy Bridge E is the PCI Express controller as the memory controller integrated into the processor, the CPU provides a total of 40 lanes. Compare that to the current generation Haswell processors for the consumer segment, which have to do with sixteen lanes. The memory controller Haswells can ‘only’ two channels handle and supports up to 32GB memory.

The main differences between Sandy Bridge E and Ivy Bridge E are the upgrade of the PCI Express controller 2.0 to version 3.0, the extra memory bandwidth of 12.8 GB / s per channel to 14.9 GB / s and of course the step from 32nm to 22nm.

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Test systems and specifications

We compare the Ivy Brige processor E-course with its predecessor, the Sandy Bridge E. The test system is therefore identical: a motherboard with X79 chipset and 8GB memory. If we have the motherboard Asus Rampage IV Extreme and taken as a Radeon HD 6950 graphics card pricked.

Obviously we compare the Core i7-4960x also the fastest Haswell processor, the i7-4770K. This we have pinned on a Z87 motherboard, with the same video card and also 8GB memory.

We took to the review of the previous generation, the Sandy Bridge-E processors, AMD processors still join in the comparison. Back then turned the cpu’s from the FX series is far from being able to cope with the Intel violence. Therefore we have omitted these processors.

The Ivy Bridge E processors are available in three variants:
Model Clock Turbo Cores / Threads L3 cache TDP Price
Core i7-4960x 3.6GHz 4GHz 6/12 15MB 130W $ 990
Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 3.9 GHz 6/12 12MB 130W $ 550
Core i7-4820K 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz 4/8 10MB 130W 310 dollars
Test system X79
Processor Core i7-3960X, Core i7-4960x
Gpu Radeon HD 6950
Motherboard Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Memory 4x 2GB Corsair XMS3 1600 @ 1600MHz C9
Storage Samsung 830 128GB
Nutrition Corsair HX850W
Test system Z87
Processor Core i7-4770K (ES)
Gpu Radeon HD 6950
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero
Memory 4x 2GB Corsair XMS3 1600 @ 1600MHz C9
Storage Samsung 830 128GB
Nutrition Corsair HX850W

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Benchmarks: Futuremark tests
3DMark

We started with the latest version of 3DMark, where we turned both simple Cloud Gate test as the toughest Fire Strike Extreme benchmark.
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
System Name In points, higher is better
X79 i7-4960x
*******
1657
X79 i7-3960X
*******
1654
Core i7-4770K
*******
1646
3DMark Cloud Gate
System Name Futuremark 3DMark points in 3DMarks, higher is better
X79 i7-4960x
*******
19665
X79 i7-3960X
*******
19401
Core i7-4770K
******
18160

In both tests the new 4960x a bit faster than the 3960X and 4770K, although the differences in the Fire Strike Extreme test virtually evaporated completely.
PCMark

The new PCMark, without number or date, must cross platform use. We turned it the Work and Home-test.
PCMark 8 Home
System Name In PCMarks, higher is better
Core i7-4770K
*******
5600
X79 i7-4960x
******
5179
X79 i7-3960X
******
5017
PCMark 8 Work
System Name In PCMarks, higher is better
Core i7-4770K
*******
5053
X79 i7-4960x
******
4476
X79 i7-3960X
******
4430

The Haswell 4770K is a lot in this ‘everyday’ benchmark to simulate, including surfing, word processing and watching videos. Normally use faster The 4960x scores still somewhat higher than the 3960X.

Benchmarks: Adobe tests
Photoshop

We ran two benchmarks with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Both are retouch scripts, whereby a number of operations is performed on an image. At the tweaked version, the operations a bit heavier, so that the test duration is longer, and the influence of a possible measurement error is reduced.
Photoshop – Retouch Artist
System Name In seconds, lower is better
X79 i7-4960x
******
7.31
X79 i7-3960X
*******
8.04
Core i7-4770K
*******
8.65
Photoshop – Retouch Artist – Tweaked
System Name In seconds, lower is better
X79 i7-4960x
******
19.99
X79 i7-3960X
******
21.20
Core i7-4770K
*******
23.77

In the photo editing Intel’s new performance king slightly faster than the 3960X. The difference in the longer test is almost six percent, and in the shorter test is that even nine percent.
Lightroom

With Lightroom 3.4 we load twenty raw pictures, which are then exported with a sharpen operation again.
Lightroom – Export
System Name In seconds, lower is better
X79 i7-4960x
*****
41.59
X79 i7-3960X
******
45,83
Core i7-4770K
*******
53,12

In Lightroom, the profit of the 4960x compared to the 3960X over nine percent. The 4770K is a lot slower.
Premiere

The Premiere test the rendering performance of the processor tested. It is a movie with a h264 codec in an mkv container packed with various operations are performed on the video.
Premiere Pro CS5
System Name In seconds, lower is better
X79 i7-4960x
******
115.80
X79 i7-3960X
******
126.46
Core i7-4770K
*******
141.02

Premiere in the X79 platform has proven itself really. Rendering a short film with the 3960X happened more than ten percent faster, but the difference between the 4770K and the 4960x is almost eighteen percent a lot bigger.
Benchmarks: Cinebench and movies
Cinebench

Cinebench is a synthetic benchmark with three parts. The OpenGL test the GPU put to work and the cores are loaded sequentially by a thread and multithreaded.
Cinebench 11.5 – Single
System Name In points, higher is better
Core i7-4770K
*******
1.78
X79 i7-4960x
*******
1.69
X79 i7-3960X
******
1.57
Cinebench 11.5 – Multi
System Name In points, higher is better
X79 i7-4960x
*******
12.11
X79 i7-3960X
*******
11.35
Core i7-4770K
*****
8.53
Cinebench 11.5 – OpenGL
System Name Framerate in fps, higher is better
Core i7-4770K
*******
122.0
X79 i7-4960x
*****
93.1
X79 i7-3960X
*****
87.4

The single-threaded performance in Cinebench 4770K are much higher than those of the two hexacores. This is clearly seen. In the OpenGL test Only when all cores are put to work, both the pursuit and the 3960X 4960x the Haswell well beyond.
HandBrake

The video converter HandBrake is a short video transcoded to a lower resolution.
HandBrake
System Name In seconds, lower is better
X79 i7-4960x
****
33.25
X79 i7-3960X
*****
36.00
Core i7-4770K
*******
52.00

The extra cores of E processors are much smoother than the Haswell processor. The 4960x is almost eight percent faster than its predecessor, which in turn is almost thirty percent faster than the 4770K.
Multipar

With Multipar we repair a corrupted rar archive of PAR2 repair files is provided. This principle is used especially in newsgroups. Multipar is, in contrast to the similar Quickpar, multi-threaded.
Multipar
System Name In seconds, lower is better
X79 i7-4960x
******
27.00
X79 i7-3960X
******
29.33
Core i7-4770K
*******
32.30

The differences between the X79 systems and the Z87 system are smaller than Handbrake, but the 4960x is still more than sixteen percent faster than the 4770K. Also compared with the 3960X is profit, though with eight percent smaller.

Benchmarks: Games
Crysis 3

Crysis is known to have already received various systems on their knees reason to take this game. Terraced in our benchmarks
Crysis 3 – 1920×1080 – High
System Name Minimum / average framerate in fps, higher is better
Core i7-4770K
******
+
*
37.5 / 44.8
X79 i7-4960x
******
+
*
37.0 / 44.7
X79 i7-3960X
******
+
*
37.0 / 44.4

Crysis appears to be especially GPU limited: with all three of the CPUs is a similar frame rate achieved.
AvP

Aliens vs Predators is an older game and had long been included in the processor benchmarks.
AvP – 1920×1080 – High – 0xAA/16xAF
System Name Minimum / average framerate in fps, higher is better
X79 i7-4960x
****
+
***
35.0 / 57.4
X79 i7-3960X
****
+
***
35.7 / 57.3
Core i7-4770K
****
+
***
34.7 / 56.7

Despite the slightly higher age there are few differences between the frame rates on the different systems. However, the two systems X79-Z87 marginally faster than the-system.
CoP

Also Stalker: Call of Pripyat is a bit older and in the past used to compare CPU performance.
Stalker: CoP – 1920×1080 – Medium – 0xAA
System Name Minimum / average framerate in fps, higher is better
Core i7-4770K
*****
+
***
53.3 / 81.3
X79 i7-4960x
*****
+
**
53.3 / 80.7
X79 i7-3960X
****
+
***
52.7 / 80.7

Also, this benchmark is able to distinguish between the four and six cores of the test systems. No distinction

Power consumption and overclocking

We measure the power consumption of the system to the electrical outlet using a Voltcraft Energy Logger 3000. It let the system only show the desktop for the idle measurements and we entrust during the load test the cores using the Prime95 benchmark.
Power consumption – Idle
System Name In watts, lower is better
Core i7-4770K
******
80.00
X79 i7-4960x
*******
90.00
X79 i7-3960X
*******
94,00
Power consumption – CPU Load
System Name In watts, lower is better
Core i7-4770K
****
168.00
X79 i7-4960x
*******
269.00
X79 i7-3960X
*******
288.00

Of course it is no surprise that the Z87 system is much more efficient than the X89 platform. Idle is still with it, but under load, the differences are huge. However, the move from 32nm shows the 4960x to provide from about four to seven percent. 3960X to 22nm for a nice difference
Overclocking

The Ivy Bridge E processors have, compared to the Sandy Bridge-E processors, got enhanced overclocking capabilities. So it is now possible to overclock without reboots and can be the maximum stresses and turbo-voltage henceforth changed without rebooting.

Furthermore, the maximum multiplier of 57x increase in the Sandy Bridge E series up to 63x in the Ivy Bridge E processors. Of course, the base clock, memory and interface clock speeds as PCI Express and dmi interface should be adapted.

Intel brings an updated version of its Extreme Tuning Utility, version 4.2, with Ivy Bridge E. This software needs with different motherboards, regardless of manufacturer, and can be used to work the system manually or automatically overclockable.

IDF during the second week of September Intel gives workshops how to. The most out of the Ivy Bridge E processors squeezed In response, we overclock our 4960x later.

Conclusion

Before we discuss the performance of the i7-4960x, we want to make one thing clear: the Ivy Bridge E processors are not suitable for everyone. Only if you really have the strongest, largest and most expensive of course wants processor, the 4960x with its price of nearly a thousand euros interesting.

Compared with the previous generation high-end desktop processors, the 32nm Sandy Bridge-E processors, offers the Ivy Bridge E series slightly better performance. The differences are not huge, the new generation is between five and ten percent faster. However, the new generation, thanks to the smaller 22nm production process, which is more economical and also that which is convenient to each other.

A comparison with AMD’s processors, we have not made, sitting in a different price range and not get the performance. The i7-4770K is also in a different price range, but still appears to be able to keep up. The 4960x in some areas nice For games with a video card, so you need to buy. No Ivy Bridge E For heavy tasks such as rendering or other compute-intensive multithreaded operations, can be shown. 4960x have the power However, honesty compels us to say that for many of these tasks, which are 4960x muscles can display a Xeon system no crazy choice would be. It is that much the same processors, but not cheap.

As we said, for home, garden and kitchen use can you buy for a ditch less money a Haswell system and a similar amount of dollars you may choose a Xeon workstation. Wanna however fastest of the fastest in the consumer field, or do you want with three video cards in progress, you can not to the Ivy Bridge E series around.

Scorecard
Pros

Fastest consumer processor
Many pci-express lanes

Negatives

Expensive
With daily use little speedups

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Price Score: 3
Performance Score: 5
Featureset Score: 5
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