Intel Core i7 4960X 3.6GHz Socket LGA 2011
The Intel Core i7 4960X is a CPU supported by the X79 chipset and based on the Ivy Bridge-E architecture. The 4960X features 6 cores, 12 threads, 15MB L3 cache and quad-channel DDR3 memory.
Improved IPC performance.
Improved memory overclocking.
Decent generational increase in performance.
Significant power consumption reductions.
High PCIe 3.0 lane count.
Fits in current LGA 2011 motherboards.
Improved memory controller.
Runs hotter but only by a small margin.
Not Much Faster Than SBE.
Haswell Offers Better Single Thread Performance.
Lacks Support On Intel X79 mobos.
The significantly-cheaper 4930K will undoubtedly steal the show.
By TechSpot on September 03, 2013
Overall the Core i7-3960X delivered as we expected, the letdown comes from the Intel X79 chipset which offers nothing over the Z68. This is going to be a real problem for LGA2011 motherboards, as we expect them to fetch a price premium over their LGA1155 counterparts, yet most will likely be equipped with the same features.70
By Expert Reviews on October 09, 2013
An impressively quick processor that excels at multitasking, but its high price isn’t in line with its...60
By PCAdvisor on October 01, 2013
Benchmarks show that the i7-4960X is the most powerful processor around in multithreaded tasks and when running intensive applications because of its six cores, but it's marginally slower than Haswell in less demanding single-threaded tasks. Its mixed performance, ageing ancillary hardware and stratospheric price means this is only worth buying if you really do need the extra power that its six cores can provide.70
By PC Advisor on October 01, 2013
Intel reserves Extreme branding for its fastest chips, but its Ivy Bridge -E range has been a long time coming – Sandy Bridge-E emerged in 2011 and, four months ago, Intel released Haswell . (See also: PC Specialist Vanquish 912 review - first...70
By LanOC Reviews on September 24, 2013
When I first got my hands on the 3960X back at its launch I was blown away by its performance. Moving on to the 3970X Intel once again kicked things up a notch. Now today with the i7-4960X they have once again upped their game. The 4960X topped the...-
By FutureLooks on September 15, 2013
– Is the Ivy Bridge-E Extreme?Summarizing the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge Extreme processor is like summarizing the Sandy Bridge Core i7-3960X and Haswell Core i7-4770K in to one thought. While it has a stronger core than Sandy Bridge, the Ivy...85
By MadShrimps on September 09, 2013
The logic step to move on to the 22nm process, even for the high end Intel CPU gamma, was just a matter of time. The observed performance increase is why we would label this generation as a logic evolution. The most shocking performance step I...-
By itreviews.com on September 05, 2013
The Intel Core i7-4960X processor updates the CPU architecture to the 22nm-based Ivy Bridge, but makes precious few additional...60
By Maximum PC on September 04, 2013
Ivy Bridge-E review: The release of Intel's Ivy Bridge-E series of chips is about as anti-climactic as you can get. It's a chip that's essentially based on a CPU microarchitecture already going out of style. Haswell , for the most part, has...-
By AnandTech on September 03, 2013
With a modern chipset, an affordable 6-core variant (and/or a high-end 8-core option) and at least using a current gen architecture, this ultra high-end enthusiast platform could be very compelling. Unfortunately it's just not that today. I understand why (Xeon roadmaps and all), but it doesn't make me any happier about the situation.-