Average Bench: 90.8% (12th of 961)

more Based on 3,426 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: 73%Average: 90.8% Great: 110%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 9.2% 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 1,101Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,153Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 37.2%. 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 108Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,426 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.3 SC Int 108 133
88 SC Float 110 135
83.3 SC Mixed 107 131
86.8% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
340 QC Int 434 532
345 QC Float 441 539
339 QC Mixed 429 522
98.4% 434 Pts
Min Avg Max
918 MC Int 1,101 1,340
963 MC Float 1,166 1,422
941 MC Mixed 1,153 1,405
171% 1,140 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 130
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 128
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 505
QC Float 530
QC Mixed 506
116% 514 Pts
MC Int 1,311
MC Float 1369
MC Mixed 1,373
202% 1,351 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 86.8
SC Mixed 108
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 468
QC Float 473
QC Mixed 489
108% 476 Pts
MC Int 1,252
MC Float 1,330
MC Mixed 1,312
194% 1,298 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 121
SC Mixed 116
95% 119 Pts
QC Int 472
QC Float 473
QC Mixed 462
106% 469 Pts
MC Int 1,198
MC Float 1,270
MC Mixed 1,264
186% 1244 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 110
90% 112 Pts
QC Int 448
QC Float 451
QC Mixed 439
101% 446 Pts
MC Int 1,129
MC Float 1,192
MC Mixed 1,178
175% 1,166 Pts
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 2,921 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Workstation 109%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $472

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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

2 days ago.

great processor


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Poor

20 days ago.

what a nice procesor !


Good

3 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Poor

4 months ago.

Disgustingly fast!


Outstanding

2 years ago.

ITS BEAUTIFUL!


Outstanding

9 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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