Average Bench: 88.8% (35th of 1129)

more Based on 6,668 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: 88.8% Great: 110%
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 91%
Nuclear submarine

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 11.2% 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 1,055Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,113Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 37.9%. 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 105Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 105Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,668 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.7 SC Int 106 133
79.6 SC Float 105 132
83.4 SC Mixed 105 132
84.3% 105 Pts
Min Avg Max
330 QC Int 424 529
335 QC Float 421 528
337 QC Mixed 420 525
95.6% 422 Pts
Min Avg Max
823 MC Int 1,055 1,319
877 MC Float 1,130 1,415
859 MC Mixed 1,113 1,393
165% 1,099 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 3.85 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 132
SC Float 131
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 527
QC Float 523
QC Mixed 515
118% 522 Pts
MC Int 1,330
MC Float 1,428
MC Mixed 1397
207% 1385 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 126
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 125
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 501
QC Float 423
QC Mixed 495
107% 473 Pts
MC Int 1,252
MC Float 1,345
MC Mixed 1,317
195% 1,305 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 112
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 107
86% 107 Pts
QC Int 467
QC Float 407
QC Mixed 433
99% 436 Pts
MC Int 1,325
MC Float 1,429
MC Mixed 1,410
208% 1,388 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 112
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 109
86% 108 Pts
QC Int 456
QC Float 395
QC Mixed 425
97% 425 Pts
MC Int 1,339
MC Float 1,435
MC Mixed 1412
209% 1,395 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $95015 mins
AmazonUS $1,0263 years
BHPhotoUS $1,07019 months
NeweggUS $1,0737 months
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 3,253 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 124%
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Desktop
Desktop 111%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $339

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $2,770

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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 4 years ago.

Excellent

15 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

12 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

2 years 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

3 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

1 month ago.

Awesome CPU. Bult in 2014 and much better then most processors of 2018. Lifetime processor !!!


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