Intel Core i7 4960X 3.6GHz Socket LGA 2011

  • Intel Core i7 4960X 3.6GHz Socket LGA 2011
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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.

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By TechSpot on 70

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.

By TechwareLabs on -

Six cores, twelve threads, 3.6 GHz base, 4 GHz turbo, 15 MB of cache, quad-channel memory, and a 22nm die. The specs speak for themselves, the Intel Core i7-4960X is a monster. By now everyone knows Core i7 means performance. And when you tack that one...

By Vortez on -

The Intel Core i7-4960X brings little new to the table. While that will be disappointing to most, we were quite impressed with the CPU. Sure it isn't the cheapest (by a long way) and it can hardly be accused of being ground breaking but what it does do is improve upon a very fast and powerful...

By Expert Reviews on 60

An impressively quick processor that excels at multitasking, but its high price isn’t in line with its...

By PCAdvisor on 70

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.

By PC Advisor on 70

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 4th-gen...

By extremespec.net on -

Although in high-performance desktop, Intel has no competitors, the company continues to further develop this area. Confirmation of these words is the recent announcement of a new generation of processors Intel Ivy Bridge-E platform for Socket LGA2011....

By Techgage on -

Intel's Core i7-4960X (and Ivy Bridge-E in general) is easy to sum-up, but not for the greatest of reasons. I'd love to be able to write that IV-E is a major improvement over SB-E, but it isn't. I'd like to say that it dominates the Haswell-based Core...

By LanOC Reviews on -

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 85

– 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...

By MadShrimps on -

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 uk.hardware.info on -

1,000 Intel processors through the years Not many things are sure in this life, but fortunately there are a number of things you can count on like clockwork. The sun comes up in the morning, we all have to pay taxes and last but not least, the most...

By itreviews.com on 60

The Intel Core i7-4960X processor updates the CPU architecture to the 22nm-based Ivy Bridge, but makes precious few additional...

By Maximum PC on -

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 stolen its...

By AnandTech on -

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.

By ExtremeTech on -

Instead, Intel took the easy road. The result is a chip that remains the fastest consumer multithreaded product you can buy, but that we can’t recommend to anyone outside a very narrow margin. If you’re building a 3D rendering workstation, or you do high-end AV encoding, the 4960X may be just the kind of chip you want. The majority of enthusiasts, however, will be happier with Haswell - or waiting on Haswell-E.

By TomsHardware on -

Should Ivy Bridge-E fail to encourage upgrades or new system builds, I know who’s going to absolutely love this new architecture: the server and workstation segments. For what little gets added to performance, Ivy Bridge-E does some crazy-awesome things to power and efficiency. When you multiply out the gains across a rack, you’re looking at a lot less power, a lot less heat, and a lot less cooling.

By OverclockersClub on 90

Intel's Extreme Edition processors have always been the parts for the uncompromising power user. As such they carry with them a price tag that may or may not be out of reach for the rest of the market. For those who can and do use the processing power, memory bandwidth, and PCIe bandwidth, it's a win-win part that is a fast and efficient no compromise solution.

By HotHardware on 80

Ultimately, it is fair to say the Core i7-4960X is Intel’s fastest desktop processor ever. But because Haswell-based processors, which feature a newer, more advanced, microarchitecture have already landed, the Core i7-4960X is not the undisputed performance champion the Core i7-3960X was when it arrived.

By KitGuru on 80

If you want the fastest consumer processor that money can buy, Intel’s Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition processor is the chip to purchase. If you’re looking for strong performance in multi-threaded applications, the 4960X is a good choice, but its $435-cheaper (and largely identical) 4930K sibling will undoubtedly steal the show.