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Intel Sandy Bridge E Test Setup

Testing

To evaluate the Sandy Bridge E processors we used the Asus Sabertooth X79, one of several LGA2011 motherboards we are putting through their paces in the bit-tech lab right now.

To test the AMD FX-8150 we used the Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard which is based on the AMD 990FX chipset and Socket AM3+ CPU socket.

For the Intel LGA1155 processors, we used the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z and for the LGA1336 processors, we used the Asus Sabertooth X58.

You'll also find benchmark results and power consumption figures for several workstation and server CPUs in this article, because we believe that Sandy Bridge E is a good match for this market. The pair of Opteron 6174s was tested in a Supermicro H8DGU-F motherboard while the two pairs of Xeon processors were tested in an EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard.

All six motherboards have proved to be excellent performers, and so are great options for testing CPUs.

Intel Sandy Bridge E Review Intel Sandy Bridge E Test Setup

Test Setup

Software

Below is a list of the applications we've used for our testing - most of them are available free for public consumption, although some are popular professional software applications.
We've used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.

Test Hardware



The table below lists how we overclocked each CPU that we benchmarked that is included in this article:

 Default FrequencyOverclocked FrequencyOther Adjusted FrequenciesVoltages Used
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition3.3GHz (33 x 100MHz)4.7GHz (38 x 123.75MHz)CPU strap: 125MHz, RAM: 1.98GHzCPU: 1.4V, RAM: 1.65V
Intel Core i7-3930K3.2GHz (33 x 100MHz)4.7GHz (38 x 123.75MHz)CPU strap: 125MHz, RAM: 1.98GHzCPU: 1.4V, RAM: 1.65V
AMD FX-81503.7GHz (18.5 x 200MHz)4.818GHz (23.5 x 205MHz)RAM: 1.61GHzCPU: 1.45V, CPU/NB: 1.2V, NB: 1.2V, NB HT: 1.25V, RAM: 1.65V
AMD Opteron 61742.2GHz (11 x 200MHz)Does not overclockDoes not overclockDoes not overclock
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition3.3GHz (16.5 x 200MHz)4.2GHz (14 x 300MHz)RAM: 1,500MHz, HT Link and CPU/NB: 2.4GHzCPU: 1.512V, CPU/NB: 1.35V, HT: 1.35V, NB: 1.3V, SB: 1.2V
Intel Core i7-2500K3.3GHz (33 x 100MHz)5GHz (50 x 100MHz)RAM: 1.6GHzCPU: 1.38125V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, VCCSA: 1.1V, VCCIO: 1.106V
Intel Core i7-2600K3.4GHz (34 x 100MHz)5GHz (50 x 100MHz)RAM: 1.6GHzCPU: 1.38125V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, VCCSA: 1.1V, VCCIO: 1.106V
Intel Core i7-9202.66GHz (20 x 133MHz)4.04GHz (20 x 202MHz)RAM: 1.62GHzCPU: 1.4V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, ICH: 1.3V, IOH: 1.3V
Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition3.46GHz (26 x 133MHz)4.6GHz (23 x 200MHz)RAM: 1.6GHzCPU: 1.4V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, ICH: 1.2V, IOH: 1.3V
Intel Xeon X56502.66GHz (20 x 133MHz)3.8GHz (20 x 190MHz)RAM: 1.52GHzCPU: 1.4V, CPU VTT: 1.45V, IOH: 1.425V, RAM: 1.65V
Intel Xeon X56803.33GHz (25 x 133MHz)4.37GHz (23 x 190MHz)RAM: 1.9GHzCPU: 1.45V, CPU VTT: 1.45V, IOH: 1.425V, RAM: 1.65V