8 Cores, 16 Threads @3.0GHz, Haswell-E.
Release date: Q3 2014.


Release date ≈ Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 19,188 user samples
15,468 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 70% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 70% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 213th / 1426
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 77%
3,720 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 40% Base clock 2.05 GHz, turbo 2.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 23% Base clock 2.05 GHz, turbo 1.65 GHz (avg)
Poor: 23% Great: 40%
SPEED RANK: 1223rd / 1426
Gaming 34%
Sail boat
Desktop 35%
Jet ski
Workstation 24%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
80.5 % Hugely faster effective speed.
33.8 %
Avg. Memory Latency
87 Pts Much lower memory latency.
48.5 Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed
100 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
30.4 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
201 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
60.3 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
398 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
112 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
718 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
115 Pts
OC Memory Latency
95.3 Pts Much lower OC memory latency.
60.7 Pts
OC Single Core Speed
128 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
33.4 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
254 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
66.9 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
502 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
130 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
920 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
131 Pts
Market Share
Based on 66,147,820 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.03 % Insanely higher market share.
0 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % Slightly more popular.
51 %
112 Months +2% 114+ Months
OC Multi Core Speed
1353 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
131 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
1075 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
115 Pts

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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