Intel 4960X vs Intel 4770K SLI Performance Review
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In all of our benchmarks there was a noticeable performance boost when we tested the games using the 4960X. In some games such as Tomb Raider the delta was small, but in others we saw an increase of over 20%, which as the case in Battlefield 3. The 4960X also managed to score nearly 2000 more marks in 3DMark 11, putting our system in the 99th percentile in that benchmark. Since both systems were running at the same speed and using identical storage drives the x79 platform appears to be the factor behind the improved gaming performance. Other factors could be at play here though, such as the additional memory bandwidth, but we can't help but feel that the extra PCIe lanes were part of the equation.