FUD Zilla claims Intel's Sandy Bridge-E series flagship will be 36 percent faster than the Core i7 990X in 3DMark 11 Physics. Performance boosts in other benchmarks are more modest, but on average the chip seems to be around 15 percent faster than the old flagship.
The processor is clocked at 3.3GHz with six cores and twelve threads, 15MB of cache, and it was tested against the current flagship Core i7 990X Extreme Edition, clocked at 3.46GHz, with 12MB cache and six hyperthreaded cores.
In Cinebench 11.5 the Core i7 3960X scores some 13 percent better than i7 990X. In Pov Ray 3.7 it scores 12 percent better compared to i7 990X while in ProShow Gold 4.5, slide show creation task it scores 15 percent better.
The best case scenario shows up in 3Dmark 11 Physics, where Intel's new high end Core i7 3960X scores 36 percent better. This is at the same time the best score that we've seen.