IntelBX80633I74960X
$1,189
AMDYD2600BBAFBOX
 $1,189 

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Ivy Bridge-E.
Release date: Q3 2013.

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Real World Speed
Performance profile from 271,673 user samples
2,812 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 60% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 60% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 113th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer
268,861 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 82% Base clock 4.3 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 66% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Poor: 66% Great: 82%
SPEED RANK: 87th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
71.8 % 75.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
104 Pts 111 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+7%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
207 Pts 218 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+5%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
406 Pts 422 Pts +4%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
651 Pts 698 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+7%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
126 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+6%
119 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
252 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+6%
237 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
496 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+5%
471 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
796 Pts +2% 779 Pts
Market Share
Based on 22,582,007 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 3.01 % Insanely higher market share.
+14,950%
Value
Value For Money
48.1 % 95.2 % Hugely better value.
+98%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 140 % Hugely more popular.
+155%
Price
Price (score)
$1,189 $120 Hugely cheaper.
+90%
Age
Newest
75 Months 19 Months Much more recent.
+75%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
130 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+50%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads 12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 12 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+45%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+6%
3.4 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4 GHz +3% 3.9 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
976 Pts 1012 Pts +4%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
814 Pts 910 Pts Slightly faster 64-core speed.
+12%
Series
CPU Architecture
Ivy Bridge-E Zen+
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA2011 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None None
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The Core i7-4960X is Intel's top of the range desktop processor which sports six physical and twelve hyper-threaded cores. The 4960X was released in 2013 but it uses an FCLGA2011 socket which is supported only by the X79 chipset and is now three years old. As a result an investment in this processor forgoes the last three years worth of platform advances which include, amongst other things, on-board USB 3.0 and additional SATA 600 MB/s ports. Comparing the 4960X and the 4930K shows that when overclocked, the 4930K is able to best the extreme 4960X at nearly half the price! Finally comparing the latest Haswell 4770K to the 4960X shows that 4770K is again able to best the 4960X, this time at a small fraction of the price. The 4960X is significantly overpriced and there is far better value available elsewhere. [Mar '14 CPUPro]

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The Ryzen 5 2600, from AMD’s second generation (Zen+) of high-end desktop Ryzen processors, supersedes the first generation Ryzen 5 1600. The newer generation sees a lithography reduction from 14nm to 12nm, but no increase in the number of cores and threads (6 and 12 respectively) over the ground-breaking first generation which continues to surpass similarly priced Intel CPUs in terms of multi-core performance. In other words, progress between generations is predominantly driven by power efficiency and therefore higher attainable clock speeds. The 2600 appears to have a stock base/boost clock of 3.4 / 3.9 GHz compared to the 1600’s 3.2 / 3.6 GHz which is expected to result in a modest increase in effective speed that said, early benchmarks are inconclusive. Included in the expected retail price of about $200 is a Wraith Stealth cooler, so the 2600, like the 1600 before it, represents great value for workstation users. The 2600 compliments the new 400 series motherboards and is also backwards compatible with the 300 series following a bios update. Even though the 2600 is plausible for pure multimedia production streamers should look elsewhere. Streaming with dedicated hardware such as NVENC or a separate stream PC will nearly always result in fewer dropped frames. [Apr '18 CPUPro]

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