Average Bench: 91.3% (24th of 980)

more Based on 4,994 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: 112%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
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Desktop
Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 93%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 8.7% 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 1,078Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,135Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 37.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 107Pts
Single Core Floating Point Speed 109Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,994 samples)
Min Avg Max
83 SC Int 107 133
85.8 SC Float 109 135
83.9 SC Mixed 108 134
86.2% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
339 QC Int 429 531
349 QC Float 438 539
347 QC Mixed 434 534
98.3% 434 Pts
Min Avg Max
884 MC Int 1,078 1,330
944 MC Float 1,152 1,424
923 MC Mixed 1,135 1,403
168% 1,122 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 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 113
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 453
QC Float 470
QC Mixed 462
105% 462 Pts
MC Int 1,147
MC Float 1,225
MC Mixed 1,205
178% 1,193 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 102
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 402
QC Float 411
QC Mixed 406
92% 406 Pts
MC Int 955
MC Float 1,051
MC Mixed 1,039
152% 1,015 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98
SC Float 87.2
SC Mixed 102
77% 95.8 Pts
QC Int 383
QC Float 384
QC Mixed 333
83% 367 Pts
MC Int 926
MC Float 1,041
MC Mixed 1,022
149% 996 Pts
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 2,528 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 112%
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Desktop 110%
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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

4 months ago.

it is expensive and infrequent


Poor

6 months ago.

what a nice procesor !


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

5 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Poor

10 months ago.

Disgustingly fast!


Outstanding

2 years ago.

ITS BEAUTIFUL!


Terrible

2 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

14 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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