Intel Core i7 3960X Linux

First tests of the Intel Core i7 3960X Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition processor under Linux. Using an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit snapshot with the Linux 3.2 kernel. More tests are on the way on by Michael Larabel. Thanks to Intel Corp for sending out the Core i7 3960X, the Intel X79 motherboard, and the Intel water cooling kit for Sandy-E.

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Intel Core i7 3960X LinuxProcessorMotherboardChipsetMemoryDiskGraphicsAudioMonitorNetworkOSKernelDesktopDisplay ServerDisplay DriverOpenGLCompilerFile-SystemScreen ResolutionIntel Core i7 3960XAMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.60GHzIntel Core i7-3960X @ 3.30GHz (12 Cores)Intel DX79SIIntel Sandy DMI216384MB240GB OCZ VERTEX3AMD Radeon HD 6900 2048MB (800/1250MHz)Realtek ALC892DELL P2210HIntel 82579LM Gigabit ConnectionUbuntu (x86_64)Unity 4.24.0X Server 1.10.4fglrx 8.91.4 Catalyst 4.6ext41920x1080AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.60GHz (4 Cores)Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2HAMD RS780 + SB700/SB8006144MB500GB Seagate ST3500320ASAMD Radeon HD 4250SyncMasterRealtek RTL8111/8168BFedora (i686)KDE 4.6.5X Server 1.9.5radeon 6.13.992.1 Mesa 7.9GCC 4.6.0ext2/ext31280x1024OpenBenchmarking.orgSystem Details- Intel Core i7 3960X: Compiz was running on this system.- AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.60GHz: Firefox was running on this system. AMD CnQ was enabled.

Intel Core i7 3960X Linuxbuild-linux-kernel: Time To Compilec-ray: Total Timesmallpt: Global Illumination Renderer; 100 SamplesIntel Core i7 3960XAMD Phenom II X4 955 @

Timed Linux Kernel Compilation

Time To Compile

OpenBenchmarking.orgSeconds, Fewer Is BetterTimed Linux Kernel Compilation 3.1Time To CompileIntel Core i7 3960XAMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.60GHz306090120150SE +/- 0.70, N = 3SE +/- 0.98, N = 358.76118.48


Total Time

OpenBenchmarking.orgSeconds, Fewer Is BetterC-Ray 1.1Total TimeIntel Core i7 3960XAMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.60GHz4080120160200SE +/- 0.69, N = 3SE +/- 0.33, N = 336.23170.32


Global Illumination Renderer; 100 Samples

OpenBenchmarking.orgSeconds, Fewer Is BetterSmallpt 1.0Global Illumination Renderer; 100 SamplesIntel Core i7 3960XAMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.60GHz50100150200250SE +/- 0.00, N = 3SE +/- 0.00, N = 367240

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