Average Bench: 84.4% (38th of 985)

Based on 1,131 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: 73%Average: 84.4% Great: 100%
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4960X averaged just 15.5% 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 814Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 831Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4960X is 26.7%. 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 105Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,131 samples)
Min Avg Max
88.7 SC Int 104 124
90.4 SC Float 106 125
87.7 SC Mixed 105 124
83.8% 105 Pts
Min Avg Max
341 QC Int 411 491
347 QC Float 421 499
345 QC Mixed 416 495
94.3% 416 Pts
Min Avg Max
723 MC Int 814 948
726 MC Float 820 954
740 MC Mixed 831 968
123% 822 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 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 109
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 427
QC Float 440
QC Mixed 436
98% 434 Pts
MC Int 820
MC Float 822
MC Mixed 817
123% 820 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 110
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 427
QC Float 444
QC Mixed 424
98% 432 Pts
MC Int 808
MC Float 836
MC Mixed 825
123% 823 Pts
1,131 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,412,738 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i7-4960X Builds (Compare 1,044 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 104%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 73%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,958

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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

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent

1 month ago.

Great chip, been using this for years now and its still a great chip to be using. Sure i have bumped the speed up to 4.5ghz for some more performance but wanted to make sure it worked great with my 1080ti and guess what? IT DOES....VERY WELL :P


Excellent

6 months ago.

Comment 

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


Good

12 months ago.

awesome!!!


Poor

18 months ago.

fking awesome


Excellent

3 years ago.


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