Average Bench: 89.9% (31st of 1122)

more Based on 6,579 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: 89.9% Great: 112%
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 93%
Nuclear submarine

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 10.1% 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 1,073Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,128Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 37%. 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 106Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 106Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,579 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.4 SC Int 106 133
79.9 SC Float 106 132
83.9 SC Mixed 106 133
84.8% 106 Pts
Min Avg Max
339 QC Int 426 531
336 QC Float 426 531
344 QC Mixed 426 532
96.6% 426 Pts
Min Avg Max
895 MC Int 1,073 1,331
972 MC Float 1,146 1,423
941 MC Mixed 1,128 1,399
167% 1,116 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 3.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 123
SC Mixed 134
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 521
QC Float 522
QC Mixed 524
118% 522 Pts
MC Int 1,332
MC Float 1431
MC Mixed 1405
208% 1,390 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 132
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 525
QC Float 524
QC Mixed 526
119% 525 Pts
MC Int 1,318
MC Float 1,426
MC Mixed 1,392
206% 1,378 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 2.65 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 105
SC Mixed 97.7
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 411
QC Float 416
QC Mixed 410
94% 412 Pts
MC Int 966
MC Float 1,070
MC Mixed 1,053
154% 1,029 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 100
SC Mixed 102
81% 102 Pts
QC Int 387
QC Float 386
QC Mixed 383
87% 385 Pts
MC Int 980
MC Float 1,037
MC Mixed 1,029
152% 1,015 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $95025 mins
AmazonUS $1,0263 years
BHPhotoUS $1,07017 months
NeweggUS $1,0735 months
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 3,954 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 111%
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Desktop
Desktop 109%
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Workstation
Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $339

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $2,259

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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.

Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Terrible

10 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

23 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

3 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

1 day ago.

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


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