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Application Performance

The Core i7-3960X was very fast in our Excel 2011 benchmark, taking just 3.74 seconds to complete the task. This made the Core i7-3960X roughly 20% faster than the Core i7-2600K and 41% faster than the AMD FX-8150.

Using our custom WinRAR test we found that the Core i7-3960X took just 92 seconds to compress a 700MB file, while multiple smaller files totaling 400MBís took 20 seconds. Here the advantage against the i7-2600K was small but considerably larger versus the AMD FX-8150.

The Core i7-3960X topped the charts again when testing with Adobe Photoshop CS5. The test took 15.8 seconds making the Core i7-3960X roughly 20% faster than the Core i7-2600K and 26% faster than the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition.

The Fritz Chess 13 in-game benchmark can utilize all 12 threads and as a result the Core i7-3960X is unbelievably fast, delivering 19131 kilo nodes per second. This made it 45% faster than the Core i7-2600K and 60% faster than the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition.