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
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
was tested in a Supermicro H8DGU-F motherboard while the two pairs of Xeon processors were tested in an
EVGA Classified SR-2
All six motherboards have proved to be excellent performers, and so are great options for testing CPUs.
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.
The table below lists how we overclocked each CPU that we benchmarked that is included in this article:
Default Frequency Overclocked Frequency Other Adjusted Frequencies Voltages Used Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz (33 x 100MHz) 4.7GHz (38 x 123.75MHz) CPU strap: 125MHz, RAM: 1.98GHz CPU: 1.4V, RAM: 1.65V Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz (33 x 100MHz) 4.7GHz (38 x 123.75MHz) CPU strap: 125MHz, RAM: 1.98GHz CPU: 1.4V, RAM: 1.65V AMD FX-8150 3.7GHz (18.5 x 200MHz) 4.818GHz (23.5 x 205MHz) RAM: 1.61GHz CPU: 1.45V, CPU/NB: 1.2V, NB: 1.2V, NB HT: 1.25V, RAM: 1.65V AMD Opteron 6174 2.2GHz (11 x 200MHz) Does not overclock Does not overclock Does not overclock AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition 3.3GHz (16.5 x 200MHz) 4.2GHz (14 x 300MHz) RAM: 1,500MHz, HT Link and CPU/NB: 2.4GHz CPU: 1.512V, CPU/NB: 1.35V, HT: 1.35V, NB: 1.3V, SB: 1.2V Intel Core i7-2500K 3.3GHz (33 x 100MHz) 5GHz (50 x 100MHz) RAM: 1.6GHz CPU: 1.38125V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, VCCSA: 1.1V, VCCIO: 1.106V Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz (34 x 100MHz) 5GHz (50 x 100MHz) RAM: 1.6GHz CPU: 1.38125V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, VCCSA: 1.1V, VCCIO: 1.106V Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz (20 x 133MHz) 4.04GHz (20 x 202MHz) RAM: 1.62GHz CPU: 1.4V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, ICH: 1.3V, IOH: 1.3V Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition 3.46GHz (26 x 133MHz) 4.6GHz (23 x 200MHz) RAM: 1.6GHz CPU: 1.4V, CPU PLL: 1.9V, ICH: 1.2V, IOH: 1.3V Intel Xeon X5650 2.66GHz (20 x 133MHz) 3.8GHz (20 x 190MHz) RAM: 1.52GHz CPU: 1.4V, CPU VTT: 1.45V, IOH: 1.425V, RAM: 1.65V Intel Xeon X5680 3.33GHz (25 x 133MHz) 4.37GHz (23 x 190MHz) RAM: 1.9GHz CPU: 1.45V, CPU VTT: 1.45V, IOH: 1.425V, RAM: 1.65V
1 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Review
2 - Intel X79 Chipset: Facts and Fiction
3 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Test Setup
4 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Cinebench and WPrime Performance
5 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Image Editing and Video Encoding
6 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Multi-tasking and Overall Performance
7 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Gaming Performance
8 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Euler3D and FlamMap Performance
9 - Intel Sandy Bridge E LightWave 9 and Terragen 2 Performance
10 - Intel Sandy Bridge E Power Consumption
11 - Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Review
12 - Intel Core i7-3930K Review