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


Release date ≈ Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 11,242 user samples
9,086 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 74% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 74% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 56th / 1173
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 91%
Nuclear submarine
2,156 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 28% Base clock 2.1 GHz
Worst Bench: 18% Base clock 2.05 GHz, turbo 2.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 18% Great: 28%
SPEED RANK: 795th / 1173
Gaming 25%
Desktop 24%
Workstation 15%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
88.9 % Hugely faster effective speed.
24.6 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
105 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
34.2 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
422 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
127 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1108 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
132 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
132 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
37.6 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
531 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
149 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1383 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
149 Pts
Market Share
Based on 18,553,809 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 %
59 Months +3% 61+ Months
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
133 Pts Hugely faster single-core int speed.
42.3 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
133 Pts Hugely faster single-core fp speed.
33.8 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
528 Pts Hugely faster quad-core int speed.
167 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
530 Pts Hugely faster quad-core fp speed.
134 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
1316 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
170 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
1403 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
135 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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We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical consumers. 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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