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Sandy Bridge E Core i7-3960X performance revealed early

By Matthew · 21 replies
Jul 22, 2011
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  1. Although an exact release date for Intel's upcoming X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge E processors remains uncertain, DonanimHaber has revealed some new details about one of the parts. The Turkish…

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  2. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    Can't wait to see some benchmarks. Man, I hate waiting, I'm on the fence for my next build, go with Sandy or wait for the new FX cpu. I have everything waiting to be put together but the mobo and proc. ugggggh
  3. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 834   +411

    I keep hearing about quad channel memory. So does this mean we might finally see 8 DIMM slots?
  4. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Looks like a beast for sure and will likely carry a price tag comparable to previous generations of extreme processors.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Now I'll be able to afford a bulldozer based system!
  6. leondobr

    leondobr TS Rookie

    Wonder what the comparison would be to a 2600k, especially overclocked.
    130W? Toasty!
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Same TDP as Bloomfield (Nehalem) and Gulftown (Westmere)

    Remember that the 130w TDP is for the whole package...and that includes future increased speed bins.
    Fastest Nehalem at launch: 4-core/8 thread Core i7 965 @ 3.2GHz........130w
    Last Gulftown.......................6-core/12 thread Core i7 990X @ 3.46GHz...130w

    i7-3960X @ 3.3GHz wont be the fastest SB-E to be released using the 130w TDP. Guaranteed.
  8. oh goody more paid for Intel BS !
  9. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Given the performance level of Intel's own Sandy Bridge CPUs at the $300 price level, it's going to be difficult to justify adoption of the X79 chipset and its thousand dollar extreme edition CPUs at least from a gamer's point of view. I would guess that even the least Sandy Bridge-E CPU would be in the $500 range.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    If you're looking at it from a price/performance PoV, then no....but then, that really isn't a consideration for anyone lining up to buy the CPU/chipset- performance, and not performance/$ is usually the sole motivator behind enthusiast parts. If you were judging on performance and feature set per dollar then the justification isn't there (for the average gamer)...but then, nor are $US250+ motherboards of any variety, DDR-2133+ RAM, water and TEC cooling and PCI-E SSD's for example. Some gamers/users on a lower budget/less tech addicted might also argue that the $300 2600K fits the same demographics when the non-HT 2500K can be had for substantially less.
  11. Well, there goes the bulldozer.
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Not really.
    Bulldozer just needs to be competitive with Sandy Bridge 2500K/2600K (and whatever Ivy Bridge offers) in the mainstream performance arena, since that is where it seems to be priced.
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    IMO, follow the money. For all the might be, supposedly phony, benchmarks and fanboy BS, the price tag is carefully crafted and positioned. AMD has the added attraction of having the "runner -up" stigma (as they should). to overcome. If say the 8150P etc is priced at $XXX, or $X dollars higher or lower than the i72600K, thats the best indicator of what the performance is going to be.
    as I said....IMO :)

    ...Chef, place your retort here please :D:wave:


    ****edit: I misread your post, oops
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    19 September, 2011 ?

    I tried to emulate to borked instruction set of the GuesTrolls....but came up with something worth reading. Oh well, plenty of time to join the Guest list once the Alzheimers kicks up to eleven

    (BTW: The across-the-board 8MB L3 cache seems odd, given the 4, 6 and 8 core binning)
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    Well I wonder if the high frequencies are because they can...or because they have to? Not that it matters, I'm all in on opening day.

    Might the 8mb of L3 just be 'modular?'
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Probably both. Bulldozer's architecture lends itself to fast clock speeds as I understand it (at least you'd hope the B3 stepping finally gets them there), and BD will certainly need to be fast to combat Sandy Bridge's single-thread speed
    Maybe we should save the μarch posts for when the "19 Sept." link gets repackaged for the front page news...otherwise the article will die an orphan due to battered-troll syndrome.
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    As I understand the architecture, (and that's a stretch) the Intertwined or 'paired cores' and predictive branch asymmetrical cacheing differences may need another cycle ( increased operating frequencies) to attain the benefits from it.

    well your no fun :p :wave:
  18. AMD needs to launch a "16 cores" bulldozer now !!!
  19. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    There are no plans for a 16 core Bulldozer, that will be Interlagos intended for the high end server market.
  20. Some motherboards already support 8 DIMM slots. I've seen some mobo's that come with up to 32 DIMM slots. With the price of RAM sticks dropping and capacity increasing, we'll more than likely see increased memory of up to 10 gig sticks and higher.
  21. Call me angel -

    Im seprised none of you have even mentioned =
    " rumors suggest that the company may have to downgrade some specifications to make the cut. Namely, the X79 chipset might lose support for PCI Express 3.0 and it will offer four SATA/SAS 6Gb/s ports instead of eight."

    I know that for the gamer market (where im from) and enthusiast / professional market this would be a great disappointment. I for one would Rather wait for Kal-el (if thats the name) then resort to being limited.... and for now stay or build a 2600K.

    I read the comments only to see what you guys were going to say about that.. im disappointed =/
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Call you Late to the Party

    Quite possibly because 1. It's been covered elsewhere on the forums, and 2. it's exactly that - rumour. Here's another example from today:
    However, we heard from several other knowledgeable folks at IDF that those chips do, in fact, run at 8 GT/s transfer rates, and just need the validation. The real story remains to be seen.
    Guess these X79 boards shown a couple of weeks back are photoshopped then huh?
    Now, even if the boards are bandwidth limited, you may have heard the phrase " third party controller" used on occasion.
    Yup. You wait for an Nvidia SoC designed for tablets and smartphones...the queue should be mercifully short, since gamers and the workstation crowd are going to be waiting (some longer than others) for (Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge, Westmere-EX or Zambesi, Interlagos)
    I know how you feel....the last comment I read makes me wonder how some people can access the internet whilst in a persistant vegetative state.

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