IntelBX80633I74960X
$1,189
IntelBX80684I79700F
 $1,189 

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

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8 Cores, 8 Threads @3.00 GHz, 65 W.
Release date ≈ Q2 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 6,236 user samples
3,092 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 59% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 59% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 110th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer
3,144 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 88% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 88% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 83%
Aircraft carrier
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
72.1 % 94.1 % Much faster effective speed.
+31%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
104 Pts 135 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+30%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
208 Pts 268 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+29%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
408 Pts 535 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+31%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
653 Pts 1003 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+54%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
126 Pts 142 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+13%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
251 Pts 284 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+13%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
496 Pts 560 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+13%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
795 Pts 1110 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+40%
Market Share
Based on 24,160,886 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 0.18 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,700%
Value
Value For Money
48.3 % 86.8 % Much better value.
+80%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 55 % +2%
Price
Price (score)
$1,189 $372 Much cheaper.
+69%
Age
Newest
76 Months 7+ Months Hugely more recent.
+91%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
968 Pts 1100 Pts Slightly faster OC 64-core speed.
+14%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
815 Pts 1007 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+24%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'13 Q2'19
Cache
Cache
15 MB SmartCache 12 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.2, AVX, AES Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI2 8 GT/s DMI3
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 128 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3 1333/1600/1866 DDR4-2666
Memory Channels
Max # of Memory Channels
4 2
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
59.7 GB/s 41.6 GB/s
Package Size
Package Size
52.5mm x 45.0mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
40 16

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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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