Average Bench: 91.9% (25th of 985)

more Based on 4,947 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: 74%Average: 91.9% Great: 112%
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 8.0% 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 1,095Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,153Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 38.1%. 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 108Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 107Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,947 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.3 SC Int 107 133
80.6 SC Float 108 135
82 SC Mixed 107 134
86.1% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
340 QC Int 434 534
350 QC Float 440 541
348 QC Mixed 438 540
99.1% 437 Pts
Min Avg Max
897 MC Int 1,095 1,335
968 MC Float 1,172 1,433
940 MC Mixed 1,153 1,407
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 3.1 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 118
94% 117 Pts
QC Int 463
QC Float 463
QC Mixed 471
106% 466 Pts
MC Int 1,134
MC Float 1,220
MC Mixed 1,193
177% 1,183 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 110
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 436
QC Float 445
QC Mixed 438
100% 440 Pts
MC Int 1,061
MC Float 1,130
MC Mixed 1,116
165% 1,102 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 102
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 387
QC Float 381
QC Mixed 388
87% 385 Pts
MC Int 982
MC Float 1,050
MC Mixed 1,026
153% 1,019 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.8
SC Float 99
SC Mixed 98
78% 97.6 Pts
QC Int 378
QC Float 385
QC Mixed 381
86% 382 Pts
MC Int 852
MC Float 916
MC Mixed 925
134% 898 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
AmazonUS $1,0262 years
BHPhotoUS $1,07011 months
NeweggUS $1,0756 hrs
EbayUS $1,1205 mins
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 2,996 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 112%
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Desktop
Desktop 110%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 113%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $344

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $2,510

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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.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

22 days ago.

it is expensive and infrequent


Poor

8 months ago.

what a nice procesor !


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Simply the best.


Excellent

7 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Poor

12 months ago.

Disgustingly fast!


Outstanding

2 years ago.

ITS BEAUTIFUL!


Terrible

4 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

17 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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