Average Bench: 90.8% (15th of 969)

more Based on 3,945 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: 72%Average: 90.8% Great: 111%
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 9.1% 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 1,098Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,150Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 39.2%. 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 3,945 samples)
Min Avg Max
77 SC Int 108 134
81.2 SC Float 111 136
80.6 SC Mixed 107 131
86.8% 109 Pts
Min Avg Max
338 QC Int 436 534
344 QC Float 444 544
335 QC Mixed 429 524
98.9% 436 Pts
Min Avg Max
870 MC Int 1,098 1,344
923 MC Float 1,164 1,426
916 MC Mixed 1,150 1,410
170% 1,137 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 132
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 131
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 532
QC Float 541
QC Mixed 521
120% 532 Pts
MC Int 1,342
MC Float 1,428
MC Mixed 1,410
209% 1,393 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 130
106% 132 Pts
QC Int 527
QC Float 521
QC Mixed 510
118% 519 Pts
MC Int 1,321
MC Float 1,394
MC Mixed 1,381
204% 1,365 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 113
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 462
QC Float 471
QC Mixed 454
105% 462 Pts
MC Int 1,132
MC Float 1,187
MC Mixed 1,182
175% 1,167 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 111
90% 113 Pts
QC Int 449
QC Float 458
QC Mixed 440
102% 449 Pts
MC Int 1,127
MC Float 1,191
MC Mixed 1,187
175% 1,168 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 102
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 414
QC Float 417
QC Mixed 407
94% 412 Pts
MC Int 1,038
MC Float 1,102
MC Mixed 1,088
161% 1,076 Pts
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Desktop 108%
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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 2 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

12 days ago.

it is expensive and infrequent


Excellent

1 day ago.

love it


Poor

2 months ago.

what a nice procesor !


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Poor

6 months ago.

Disgustingly fast!


Outstanding

2 years ago.

ITS BEAUTIFUL!


Outstanding

11 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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