Average Bench: 90.5% (24th of 980)

more Based on 4,861 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: 75%Average: 90.5% Great: 110%
Gaming
Gaming 90%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 94%
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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 1,088Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,141Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 35.1%. 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 106Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 107Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,861 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.1 SC Int 107 133
85.6 SC Float 110 135
82.5 SC Mixed 106 131
86.1% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
343 QC Int 431 531
359 QC Float 441 541
348 QC Mixed 429 523
98.3% 434 Pts
Min Avg Max
885 MC Int 1,088 1,329
948 MC Float 1,157 1,418
933 MC Mixed 1,141 1,398
169% 1,128 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 130
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 129
103% 128 Pts
QC Int 520
QC Float 515
QC Mixed 521
118% 519 Pts
MC Int 1,292
MC Float 1,392
MC Mixed 1,360
202% 1,348 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 118
94% 117 Pts
QC Int 469
QC Float 468
QC Mixed 472
106% 470 Pts
MC Int 1,162
MC Float 1,239
MC Mixed 1,242
182% 1,214 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 104
SC Mixed 103
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 402
QC Float 395
QC Mixed 398
90% 398 Pts
MC Int 976
MC Float 1,025
MC Mixed 1,022
151% 1,008 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.3
SC Float 98.2
SC Mixed 98.8
78% 98.1 Pts
QC Int 376
QC Float 396
QC Mixed 384
87% 385 Pts
MC Int 976
MC Float 1,040
MC Mixed 1,014
151% 1,010 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 82.3
SC Float 87.4
SC Mixed 83.4
68% 84.4 Pts
QC Int 387
QC Float 422
QC Mixed 405
92% 405 Pts
MC Int 1,013
MC Float 1,082
MC Mixed 1,068
158% 1,054 Pts
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Gaming 112%
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Desktop 109%
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Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $344

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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 3 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

2 months ago.

it is expensive and infrequent


Excellent

6 days ago.

love it


Excellent

24 days ago.

The Best


Poor

4 months ago.

what a nice procesor !


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Poor

8 months ago.

Disgustingly fast!


Outstanding

2 years ago.

ITS BEAUTIFUL!


Terrible

26 days ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

13 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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