Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme Core i7 3960X Reviewccokeman -
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SiSoft Sandra is a diagnostic utility and synthetic benchmarking program. Sandra allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful. For this benchmark, I will be running a broad spectrum of tests to gauge the performance of key functions of the CPUs.
Cache and Memory
Power Management Efficiency
AIDA64 Extreme Edition: is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the CPU Queen test that looks for the solution for the "Queens" problem on a 10x10 chessboard. This tests the branch prediction capabilities of the processor. The FPU Mandel test measures double precision floating point performance through computation of several frames of the "Mandelbrot" fractal.
Higher is Better
The only real weaknesses noted in the Sandra testing is in the memory latency tests. In the rest of the Sandra testing, the i7 3960X is again well above the field. The quad-channel memory bandwidth delivered is in excess of 40GB/s at stock speeds and almost 50GB/s when overclocked. In the FPU Mandel and CPU Queen tests in AIDA 64, the 3960X easily outperforms the 980X.