Average Bench: 91.3% (31st of 1100)

more Based on 5,286 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: 91.3% Great: 111%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 94%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 8.6% 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 1,085Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,141Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 36.4%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Floating Point Speed 107Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 107Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,286 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.4 SC Int 107 133
81.8 SC Float 107 132
82.3 SC Mixed 107 134
85.6% 107 Pts
Min Avg Max
338 QC Int 431 531
357 QC Float 435 533
352 QC Mixed 434 533
98.2% 433 Pts
Min Avg Max
892 MC Int 1,085 1,320
945 MC Float 1,160 1,419
924 MC Mixed 1,141 1,396
169% 1,129 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 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 136
SC Float 136
SC Mixed 135
109% 136 Pts
QC Int 544
QC Float 541
QC Mixed 535
122% 540 Pts
MC Int 1,339
MC Float 1394
MC Mixed 1,402
206% 1,378 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 127
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 126
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 501
QC Float 509
QC Mixed 500
114% 503 Pts
MC Int 1,249
MC Float 1,344
MC Mixed 1334
196% 1,309 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 113
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 114
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 451
QC Float 456
QC Mixed 454
103% 454 Pts
MC Int 1,125
MC Float 1211
MC Mixed 1,195
176% 1,177 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 99.6
81% 102 Pts
QC Int 411
QC Float 411
QC Mixed 410
93% 411 Pts
MC Int 985
MC Float 1,048
MC Mixed 1057
154% 1,030 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.85 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.2
SC Float 97.2
SC Mixed 86.3
74% 92.6 Pts
QC Int 370
QC Float 366
QC Mixed 360
83% 365 Pts
MC Int 958
MC Float 1,036
MC Mixed 1,022
150% 1,005 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $90315 mins
AmazonUS $1,0262 years
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 3,337 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 111%
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Desktop
Desktop 108%
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Workstation
Workstation 111%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $254

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $2,293

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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

5 days ago.

it is expensive and infrequent


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

9 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Terrible

7 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

19 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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