IntelBX80633I74960X
$1,189
IntelBX80633I74930K
 $1,189 

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

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6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.4GHz, Ivy Bridge-E.
Release date: Q3 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 15,733 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
12,921 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 3.4 GHz
Worst Bench: 57% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 1.65 GHz (avg)
Poor: 57% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 127th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
71.8 % +3% 69.7 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
104 Pts +4% 99.7 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
207 Pts +3% 201 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
406 Pts +2% 397 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
651 Pts +2% 638 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
126 Pts +2% 124 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
252 Pts +2% 247 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
496 Pts +1% 490 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
796 Pts +1% 789 Pts
Market Share
Based on 22,448,603 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 0.07 % Hugely higher market share.
+600%
Value
Value For Money
48.1 % 56.4 % Better value.
+17%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 62 % Slightly more popular.
+13%
Price
Price (score)
$1,189 $600 Much cheaper.
+50%
Age
Newest
75 Months 75 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
130 Watts 130 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads 12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 22 nm
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 +2% 959 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
814 Pts +2% 797 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Ivy Bridge-E Ivy Bridge-E
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA2011 FCLGA2011
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None None
Cache
Cache
15 MB SmartCache 12 MB SmartCache

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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 Intel i7-4930K has six cores rather the standard four. The additional two cores improve multi-core throughput by 50% but leave single and dual-core speeds unchanged. Comparing the 4930K to the 3930K, its predecessor, shows that little has changed in terms of performance. At peak performance when both processors are overclocked the 4930K leads by around 7%. As well superb multi-core performance, both processors also have very strong single and dual core performance. The main downside to the 4930K is the fact that it still runs on the same FCLGA2011 platform as its predecessor, as a result purchasing it would effectively mean buying into a technology that is over three years old. In most cases, it would probably make sense to wait for a Haswell based hexacore. [Mar '14 CPUPro]

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