I was very interested in seeing the results from Cinebench. Not only does it do a total CPU comparison, but we also get results on a single core level. This way we can see how much the architecture is helping compared to the number of cores. In this case the i7-3960X still out performed the others but on the single core results the numbers were much closer. This is a testament to the improvements in the architecture that the i7-3960X bested the i7-2600 on the per core level.