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


Release date ≈ Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 12,082 user samples
9,795 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 61% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.25 GHz (avg)
Poor: 61% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1182
Gaming 75%
Desktop 74%
Workstation 75%
2,287 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 24% Base clock 2.1 GHz
Worst Bench: 14% Base clock 2.05 GHz, turbo 2.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 14% Great: 24%
SPEED RANK: 761st / 1182
Gaming 20%
Desktop 24%
Workstation 13%
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Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
75.4 % Hugely faster effective speed.
20.4 %
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
105 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
34.2 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
212 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
68.3 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
425 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
126 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
792 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
130 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1112 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
132 Pts
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
133 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
37.6 Pts
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
263 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
75.3 Pts
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
534 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
149 Pts
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
1018 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
150 Pts
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1393 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
150 Pts
Market Share
Based on 20,346,133 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.05 % Hugely higher market share.
0.01 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % More popular.
53 %
61 Months +3% 63+ Months

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]


Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2019 CPU Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical gamers and desktop users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating which is geared towards gamers. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


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