Average Bench: 82.7% (51st of 1117)

Based on 1,374 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: 69%Average: 82.7% Great: 99%
Gaming
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4960X averaged just 17.2% 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 802Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 816Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4960X is 29.8%. 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 102Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 103Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,374 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.1 SC Int 102 123
86.5 SC Float 105 125
82.3 SC Mixed 103 124
82.7% 103 Pts
Min Avg Max
323 QC Int 400 487
323 QC Float 412 498
323 QC Mixed 406 493
92.1% 406 Pts
Min Avg Max
683 MC Int 802 947
672 MC Float 807 958
696 MC Mixed 816 965
121% 808 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 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 119
SC Mixed 118
94% 118 Pts
QC Int 469
QC Float 479
QC Mixed 472
107% 473 Pts
MC Int 905
MC Float 904
MC Mixed 918
136% 909 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 92.9
SC Float 98.5
SC Mixed 97.1
77% 96.2 Pts
QC Int 430
QC Float 452
QC Mixed 476
102% 453 Pts
MC Int 903
MC Float 899
MC Mixed 904
135% 902 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
SC Int 112
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 113
92% 114 Pts
QC Int 383
QC Float 388
QC Mixed 406
89% 393 Pts
MC Int 873
MC Float 868
MC Mixed 857
130% 866 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 108
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 407
QC Float 414
QC Mixed 410
93% 410 Pts
MC Int 780
MC Float 776
MC Mixed 792
117% 783 Pts
1,374 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,824,317 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i7-4960X Builds (Compare 1,395 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 103%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,956

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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 4 years ago.

Excellent

6 months 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

11 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


Excellent

4 years ago.


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