Westmere-EP - X5660 Full Review

X5660 vs High-End SB-E & IVB-E Benchmarks & Comparisons

  I’ve finally got around to creating an account and uploaded some HWBOT scores. Since it’s going to be a challenge to find high end X79-i7’s running DDR3-1600Mhz - 1670Mhz, I’ll compare clock speeds and a few other things. Most of my benchmarks are running 4.8Ghz /w DDR-1670Mhz and one test is running using 4.6Ghz is running DDR-1600Mhz. I’m going to compare the current #1 CPU [Hexa-Core only] against my CPUs in terms of performance percentage. After the comparison I’ll elaborate on the difference and if it is worth the upgrade.

   Then I’ll go for a lower ranked X79-high-end-CPU running 4.8Ghz + [looped or traditional] water cooling + similar vCore. I’ll start from my score and work my way upwards until I find what I’m looking for. I feel that it wouldn’t be fair to compare my build against other builds using extreme measures to cool their entire MB\CPU [DICE, LN2, Phase Change etc]. However, when I compare the #1 CPUs will ignore the type of cooling. My complete specs are on the first page. I’m using the Antec Kuhler 620 to cool my CPU.

Here is the Comparison Chart:

Kana Maru HWBOT comparison 6 9 14

HWBOT scores as of 6 8 14

  Alright so there you have it. This definitely took awhile to setup and compare, but I think it was worth it in the end, I'm so glad I didn't spend $2000.00 on a X79 build that I was thinking about upgrading to late last year. I've decided to skip the R9 290x right now. My GTX 670s are doing just fine. I think I'll wait for new GPU architectures to release. I still think my build will be fine until Skylake-E releases. That's what I'm trying to hold out for. It appears that some of the scores decrease one you go above 6 cores\12Threads in a lot of the test from what I've seen. I'm sure this will change in a few years.