The new top of the line processor chip is here, and is here to stay. This new chip is based on Intel Ivy Bridge- E architecture and is manufactured in 22nm process, the latter being the most important evolutionary change compared to Core i7- 3960X, which is based on Sandy Bridge- E and manufactured in Consequently, 32nm process.
After this latest release by Intel it is definitely a good time to get in to see the performance offered in a comparison, where we will see how the Core i7-4960X fights against the FX-9590.
Before going on we will show each CPU specifications .
Core i7- 4960X :
- 6 cores and 12 threads .
- 3.6GHz – 4GHz frequency in normal mode and turbo .
- 15 MB of L3 cache .
- Support DDR3 1866 MHz quad- channel mode .
- TDP of 130W .
- Price 990 euros.
FX- 9590 :
- Complete 4 modules and 8 threads.
- 4.7 GHz -5 GHz frequency in normal mode and turbo .
- 8 MB of L3 cache .
- TDP of 220W .
- Support 2.133 MHz DDR memory in dual channel mode .
- Price 299 euros .
That said without further ado we see the different results that shed both processors in synthetic tests and games.
Core i7- 4960X VS AMD:FX- 9590 Synthetic tests
As we see the Intel alternative is at its best in these tests, which clearly marks the difference from the FX- 9590. As an example we cited Cinebench R11.5 , where it shows superior performance by 54.2 % when using all cores and 33.1 % performance improvement using only one core . Clearly the IPC in the Intel chip is much higher.
Core i7- 4960X VS AMD:FX- 9590 Games
In games the performance difference goes in favor of the Core i7- 4960X, but not enough to make it an interesting option for those who want their PC to play.
In conclusion we can say that the Core i7- 4960X is the most powerful desktop processor in the market but is very expensive. Is it worth it ? For 90% of current users NO, because its price-performance ratio is not at all good .