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:

View the Percentage Comparison in the link below if you are unable to view the chart.

X5660 vs X79 4.8Ghz




  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.