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Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance


Published by Marc Büchel on 19.03.12 (76069 reads)
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In this article we're going to check what's the difference in real life gaming performance between an Intel octa core, hexa core or quad core CPU. Furthermore in the system there is a Radeon HD 7970 graphics card form XFX. We're curious if there will be a measurable performance gap between these CPUs regarding modern games or if it simply makes no difference if you have four or eight cores in your gaming rig.





Specifications

  Xeon E5-2600 i7-3960X i7-2600K
Codename Sandy Bridge EP Sandy Bridge E Sandy Bridge
Socket LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 1155
Manufacturing 32 nm 32 nm 32 nm
Transistors 2.27 Billion 2.27 Billion 995 Million
Die-size 435 mm2 435 mm2 265 mm2
Clock 3.00 GHz 3.30 GHz (Turbo 3.90 GHz) 3.30 GHz (Turbo 3.80 GHz)
Cores / Threads 8C / 16T 6C / 12T 4C / 8T
Turbo Yes (2.0) Yes (2.0) Yes (2.0)
Bus Speed 100 MHz 100 MHz 100 MHz
Memory DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory controller Quad Channel Quad Channel Dual Channel
QPI 6.4 GT/s 6.4 GT/s  
L1 Execution Cache 32 KByte 32 KByte 32 KByte
L1 Data Cache 32 KByte 32 KByte 32 KByte
L2 Cache 256 KByte 256 KByte 256 KByte
L3 Cache 20 MB shared 15 MB shared 8 MB shared
TDP 150 Watt 130 Watt 95 Watt
C1E technology Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced Intel Speed Step Yes Yes Yes
Virtualisation Vanderpool Vanderpool Vanderpool
Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
SSE4.2, AVX, AES EM64T
MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
SSE4.2, AVX, AES EM64T
MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
SSE4.2, AVX, EM64T



Page 1 - Introduction / Specs Page 5 - Crysis / Resident Evil 5
Page 2 - Test setup Page 6 - Call of Juarez / Far Cry 2
Page 3 - 3DMark 11 / 3DMark Vantage Page 7 - Street Fighter 4 / World in Conflict
Page 4 - Unigine Heaven / Stone Giant Page 8 - Conclusion


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