Testing Setup and SiSoft Sandra

For the review of the Intel Core i7-4770K, we updated our entire suite of CPU benchmarks and thus we have a new set of results to present.  The review today of Ivy Bridge-E will continue with that same set of tests.

Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-5960X
Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel Core i7-4960X
Intel Core i7-4770K
Intel Core i7-4670 (simulated)
Intel Core i7-3770K
Intel Core i7-3970X
Intel Core i7-3820
Intel Core i7-2600K
AMD FX-8350
Motherboard ASUS X99-Deluxe (Haswell-E)
Intel DZ87KLT-75K (Haswell)
MSI Z77A-GD80 (IVB, SNB)
Intel DX79SR (Ivy Bridge-E, Sandy Bridge-E)
ASUS 990FX (Vishera)
MSI A85 (Trinity)
Memory 8GB DDR3-1600
16GB DDR4-2133
Storage Corsair Force GT 120 SSD
Sound Card On-board
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
Graphics Drivers Catalyst 13.4 (AMD)
Power Supply Corsair Professional AX1000 watt
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro x64

SiSoft Sandra 2013 SP3a


The latest version of SiSoft Sandra offers up a lot of new features including GPU performance, OpenCL, etc. 

Haswell-E: The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor Review - Processors 9

Even though the Core i7-5960X has a definitive clock speed disadvantage to the other processors (with a base clock of just 3.0 GHz) the 8-cores more than make up for it. The synthetic CPU tests show a 56% edge over the 4790K, and a 21% edge over the Core i7-4960X. Multimedia performance isn't even close thanks to the inclusion of Haswell's AVX extensions and the doubling of core count over the 4790K: the result is a 56% performance lead over any other CPU in the field. 

Raw memory bandwidth numbers look impressive with our first run in at DDR4, even when only operating at 2133 MHz. At 46 GB/s of available bandwidth, the 5960X has a 165% advantage over Haswell and a 39% edge over the quad-channel DDR3 running on the IVB-E platform. And, at least according to Sandra here, the memory latency only increases by 1 ns or so compared to the DDR3 controller in Haswell. 

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