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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 (55559 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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Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/20 11:43  Updated: 2012/3/20 11:43
 No real world application benchmarks
It sure would be nice to put in some real world uses while you had them:

Compressing files

Large excel spreadsheet

Adobe after affects

Some of us have large machines that get pushed to the max and have never played a PC game in their life!
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/20 12:03  Updated: 2012/3/20 12:03
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 Re: No real world application benchmarks
The idea behind this article was to show the performance difference in games. If you're looking for other benchmark results, you find them here:

http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/mod ... ction/item.php?itemid=537
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/20 16:59  Updated: 2012/3/20 16:59
 Re: No real world application benchmarks
You don`t use no render applications like Cinebench to determine CPU productivity... pointless review : : :
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/20 17:48  Updated: 2012/3/20 17:48
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 Re: No real world application benchmarks
Quote:
You don`t use no render applications like Cinebench to determine CPU productivity... pointless review


This is a pointless comment of yours. Already in the title I mention Gaming Performance!
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/20 23:40  Updated: 2012/3/20 23:40
 mmmm
Why you don't downclock 2600k and 3960X to 3ghz ?

you should deactivate, (in my opinion) Turbo, to compare other CPU
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/21 7:14  Updated: 2012/3/21 7:14
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 Re: mmmm
This is planned for another article. Here I wanted to show the difference when one uses the CPU with all settings standard.
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/21 10:58  Updated: 2012/3/21 10:58
 Re: ok
Ok good .
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/21 14:00  Updated: 2012/3/27 8:44
 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Who the phuck is buying a Server-CPU for games? TEST FAILED!
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/21 14:25  Updated: 2012/3/27 8:43
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 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Go to HWbot and check out the results there. You'll see that there really are people buying server CPUs for absolute high-end systems. There also are companies like EVGA and meanwhile also ASUS which have dual socket boards in their portfolio which only do their job with Xeon CPUs. So yeah, there are very few people who actually buy a Xeon for this purpose but since there are products which do support Xeon CPUs, no matter if one or two, it is interesting to see how it performs.
Christian Ney
Published: 2012/3/21 15:04  Updated: 2012/3/27 8:43
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 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
If you recall the LGA1366 area, people were buying Xeon instead of desktop because it was sometimes cheaper or performing better.

Furthermore, both evga and Asus released Xeon based boards for gamers/enthusiats.
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/21 17:34  Updated: 2012/3/27 8:43
 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Ich bezweifle das du an ein Dual Socket Board ran kommst für nen Zwei CPU test, oder? Das ist ja eig. Die haupt ursache sich nen xenon zu kaufen.
Würden sich Zwei 4Kern Xenon gleich verhalten wie dieser 8er hier?

Ich freu mich auf den Test dieser CPU's hier mit gleichem Takt! Alles auf 3.0ghz oder alles OC auf 3.9?

Mfg

Haldi
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/22 14:19  Updated: 2012/3/22 14:19
 Re:
Mich würden mal Tests von sehr CPU-intensiven Games interessieren, als Beispiel fällt mir da Anno (1404 und 2070) ein. Nach Möglichkeit mit extrem aufwändigen Maps.

Und sollten sich die Ergebnisse gleichen, vielleicht noch nen Durchschnittswert der CPU-Auslastung angeben...
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/22 16:07  Updated: 2012/3/27 8:43
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 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Das können wir gerne mal anschauen
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/26 22:44  Updated: 2012/3/27 8:43
 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Anno 2070 ist sicherlich ein Game, das bei einer solchen Betrachtung nicht fehlen sollte, BF3 gehört auch dazu, da beide Spiele sehr gut mit vielen Kernen umgehen können.
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/27 15:33  Updated: 2012/3/27 15:34
 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
welche cpu ist das genau, diese E5-2600? und wie schwer war das overclocking?
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/27 15:36  Updated: 2012/3/27 15:36
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 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Genaugenommen handelt es sich um eine Xeon E5-2687W CPU. Overclocking ist beinahe unmöglich mit den Dingern, sprich klappt nur in sehr begrenzten Rahmen über die Erhöhung des BCLK. Der Multi ist gelockt.
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/27 15:46  Updated: 2012/3/27 15:46
 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
danke fuer die info

damit ist meine hoffnung dahin, eine billige 6core xeon zu kaufen und auf brauchbare geschwindigkeit zu overclocken
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/27 16:06  Updated: 2012/3/27 16:06
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 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Ob das bei den 6-Core-Xeons dasselbe ist, weiss ich hingegen nicht. Hier handelt es sich ja um eine 8 Core Xeon CPU.
Anonymous
Published: 2012/3/27 16:15  Updated: 2012/3/27 16:15
 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
das klingt fast nach einem overclocking artikel fuer euch naah naaah naaaaah?
rewarder
Published: 2012/3/27 16:22  Updated: 2012/3/27 16:22
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 Re: Xeon E5-2600 vs 3960X vs 2600K - Intel 8 Core vs 6 Core vs 4 Core Gaming Performance
Am "witzigsten" wäre ein ASUS Z8PE Dual Sockel Board und zwei von den Xeons hier. Dann noch ein vier hübsche GTX 680 und los kanns gehen :-)
Anonymous
Published: 2012/5/19 5:00  Updated: 2012/5/19 5:00
 hello
What I would like to see is the 8 cores tested with HT turned OFF. that is 8 threads VS the 6 cores and 4 cores cpu.
rewarder
Published: 2012/5/19 10:53  Updated: 2012/5/19 10:53
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 Re: hello
We're going to do these articles on a regular basis and we'll definitely also test this possibility.
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