The Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 3960X is the first desktop CPU with 4-channel memory controller, the test convinced the six-core CPU with outstanding performance with excellent energy efficiency.
The Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 3960X is the new top model in the desktop CPUs from Intel, the six-core processor defines the computing power of new Einsockelsysten: Compared to the previously fastest processor in the test, the Intel Core i7-990x Extreme Edition, Core i7-3960X expects more nimble in the top of almost 30 percent. Despite this, Intel, to reduce the power consumption of the hex core CPU.
Like all modern processors built on Intel Core i7-3960X to the memory controller, this can now be controlled four DDR3 memory channels parallel to that address in the maximum configuration of up to 64 gigabytes. Also built into the CPU, 40 PCI Express lanes, according to Intel, the data lines for data transfer rates of just under a gigabyte per second designed - that would meet the specifications PCI Express 3.0.
The opulent development of processor interface requires more signal contacts for the Intel Core i7-3960X, enter the new processor socket LGA2011 his name. With so many electrical contacts in a confined space before Intel writes a locking mechanism with two levers to ensure a uniform pressure distribution. Intel has specifically made a video on the net that shows you exactly how best to install Intel CPU socket LGA 2011 .
With the Intel Core i7-3960X is now the Extreme Edition series, a single-chip chipset to the side, the Intel X79 acts as the Southbridge and proven interface is connected via the Direct Media Interface (DMI) to the processor. Although DMI is only designed for a bandwidth of 2.5 gigabytes per second, but that's sufficient, because the trigger processor 16x PCI Express slots directly above the 40 built-in PCI-Express lanes can.
The Intel X79 provides Gigabit LAN, HD audio, two SATA-600 and four SATA-300 ports, 8 PCI-Express 2.0 channels, 14 USB 2.0 ports are available. Data lines for USB 3.0, however, are still not integrated in the chipset - Intel practicing here because of the competing technology Thunderbolt in moderation.