Average Bench: 85.1% (17th of 953)

Based on 563 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000306E4 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4960X CPU @ 3.60GHz

The Core i7-4960X is Intel's top of the range desktop processor which sports six physical and twelve hyper-threaded cores. The 4960X was released in 2013 but it uses an FCLGA2011 socket which is supported only by the X79 chipset and is now three years old. As a result an investment in this processor forgoes the last three years worth of platform advances which include, amongst other things, on-board USB 3.0 and additional SATA 600 MB/s ports. Comparing the 4960X and the 4930K shows that when overclocked, the 4930K is able to best the extreme 4960X at nearly half the price! Finally comparing the latest Haswell 4770K to the 4960X shows that 4770K is again able to best the 4960X, this time at a small fraction of the price. The 4960X is significantly overpriced and there is far better value available elsewhere. [Mar '14 CPUPro]

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Poor: 72%Average: 85.1% Great: 100%
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4960X averaged just 14.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-4960X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 811Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 838Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4960X is 28.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 104Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 106Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 563 samples)
Min Avg Max
84 SC Int 104 124
85.3 SC Float 107 126
85.1 SC Mixed 106 126
84.3% 105 Pts
Min Avg Max
336 QC Int 414 494
344 QC Float 424 502
340 QC Mixed 420 497
95% 419 Pts
Min Avg Max
702 MC Int 811 944
711 MC Float 828 952
723 MC Mixed 838 969
124% 826 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 133
106% 133 Pts
QC Int 503
QC Float 529
QC Mixed 519
117% 517 Pts
MC Int 1,004
MC Float 1,010
MC Mixed 1,023
152% 1,012 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.2
SC Float 100
SC Mixed 98.4
79% 98.5 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 443
QC Mixed 440
97% 427 Pts
MC Int 817
MC Float 818
MC Mixed 831
123% 822 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.3
SC Float 99.3
SC Mixed 101
80% 99.5 Pts
QC Int 394
QC Float 403
QC Mixed 396
90% 398 Pts
MC Int 766
MC Float 765
MC Mixed 776
115% 769 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.7
SC Float 99.6
SC Mixed 96.2
78% 97.5 Pts
QC Int 393
QC Float 399
QC Mixed 394
90% 395 Pts
MC Int 766
MC Float 766
MC Mixed 781
116% 771 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.1
SC Float 99.4
SC Mixed 99.7
79% 98.7 Pts
QC Int 330
QC Float 323
QC Mixed 313
73% 322 Pts
MC Int 689
MC Float 712
MC Mixed 722
106% 708 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,254,866 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i7-4960X Builds (Compare 715 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $1,823

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-4960X Processor Extreme Edition (15M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
Code NameIvy Bridge E
Launch DateQ3'13
Processor Numberi7-4960X
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache15 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Max TDP130 W

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1333/1600/1866
Memory Channels4
Memory Bandwidth59.7 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes40

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Smart Response TechYes

Package

Package Size52.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

Ivy Bridge-E 3.6GHz LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor...

Models: BX80633I74960X CM8063301292500

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Impostato a 4,5 GHz macina tutto con una facilità disarmante. Riesco a gestire anche 20 applicativi contemporaneamente senza il minimo sforzo.. raramente arrivo oltre il 20% di carico. Impressionante. Costa caro? Beh.. ogni cosa ha il suo prezzo per cui se vuoi una Lamborghini non puoi lamentarti che costa cara. La compri e basta.—Feb '16


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Good

1 month ago.

awesome!!!


Poor

7 months ago.

fking awesome


Good

13 months ago.

Best ever


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