How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions, the only variable device was the CPU being tested and the motherboard, which had to be replaced to match the different CPU sockets. The memory also has to be replaced, since the Core i7-5960X uses DDR4 memory, while the other two CPUs use DDR3.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • NTFS
  • Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 60 Hz (desktop), 1280 x 720 (games)

Driver Versions

  • AMD driver version: 14.12
  • Intel Inf chipset driver version: 10.0
  • nVIDIA GeForce driver version: 347.25

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 4% error margin. Thus, differences below 4% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 4% should be considered as having similar performance.