Average Bench: 90.5% (10th of 959)

more Based on 3,270 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306F2, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, BFEBFBFF000306C3, 0F8BFBFF000306F2, 178BFBFF00600F20, 1FABFBFF000306F2 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel Core i7 (tm) 5960X Extremet-Core Processor, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.2GHz

The Intel 5960X sports eight cores and sixteen threads. That's two more cores than we have ever seen on a consumer processor before and as such this $1,000 processor offers record breaking multi-threaded CPU horsepower. Unfortunately the 5960X is clocked at just 3 GHz base and 3.5 GHz turbo which, for single and dual-core workloads, renders it around 15% slower than a $69 G3258 on stock clocks! The 5960X is only compatible with Intel's new X99 chipset which requires new DDR4 RAM and is currently far more expensive, with little consumer benefit, than DDR3. All in all the i7-5960X processor is largely irrelevant for consumers as it's far far too expensive. [Sep '14 CPUPro]

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Poor: 71%Average: 90.5% Great: 110%
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 9.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-5960X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 1,099Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,152Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 38.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 107Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 107Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,270 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.4 SC Int 107 133
83.5 SC Float 109 135
81.8 SC Mixed 107 131
86.2% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
332 QC Int 431 532
343 QC Float 439 539
331 QC Mixed 427 522
98% 432 Pts
Min Avg Max
905 MC Int 1,099 1,339
954 MC Float 1,166 1,422
938 MC Mixed 1,152 1,404
171% 1,139 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 132
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 128
105% 132 Pts
QC Int 496
QC Float 526
QC Mixed 515
116% 513 Pts
MC Int 1,332
MC Float 1,414
MC Mixed 1401
207% 1,382 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 82.6
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 96.5
76% 94.9 Pts
QC Int 448
QC Float 456
QC Mixed 463
103% 456 Pts
MC Int 1,156
MC Float 1,231
MC Mixed 1,218
180% 1,202 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 115
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 112
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 437
QC Float 442
QC Mixed 419
98% 433 Pts
MC Int 1,040
MC Float 1,095
MC Mixed 1,095
161% 1,077 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98
SC Float 96.9
SC Mixed 97.6
78% 97.5 Pts
QC Int 391
QC Float 379
QC Mixed 380
87% 383 Pts
MC Int 970
MC Float 1,009
MC Mixed 1,019
150% 999 Pts
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Gaming 101%
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Desktop 108%
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Workstation 109%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $464

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $2,400

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition (20M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
Code NameHaswell E
Launch DateQ3'14
Processor Numberi7-5960X
# of Cores8
# of Threads16
Cache20 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$999.00 - $1059.00
Clock Speed3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.5 GHz
Bus Speed0 GT/s
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP140 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsNone

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4 1333/1600/2133
Memory Channels4
Memory Bandwidth68 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
Sockets SupportedLGA2011-v3

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

LGA2011-V3

Added 2 years ago.

Good

8 days ago.

great processor


Good

4 days ago.

8 core.


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Good

1 month ago.

what a nice procesor !


Good

1 month ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Poor

3 months ago.

Disgustingly fast!


Outstanding

23 months ago.

ITS BEAUTIFUL!


Outstanding

8 months ago.

This CPU will take whatever you throw at it, and demolish it. This thing is a true beast for everything and will do what you want


Excellent

2 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


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