IntelBX80648I75960X
IntelBX80633I74960X
$1,189

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

 $1,189 

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 20,346 user samples
15,651 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 70% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 70% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 163rd / 1355
Gaming
Gaming 81%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
4,695 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 71% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.95 GHz (avg)
Poor: 71% Great: 91%
SPEED RANK: 183rd / 1355
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
81.4 % +2% 79.9 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
87.1 Pts +1% 86.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
102 Pts +1% 101 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
204 Pts 204 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
407 Pts +3% 396 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
750 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+16%
646 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
95.5 Pts +0% 95.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
129 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+6%
122 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
259 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+7%
241 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
511 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+8%
474 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
960 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+25%
770 Pts
Market Share
Based on 53,522,474 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % Hugely higher market share.
+300%
0.01 %
Value
Value For Money
61.4 % Better value.
+15%
53.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
51 %
Price
Price (score)
$774 Much cheaper.
+35%
$1,189
Age
Newest
94 Months More recent.
+10%
105 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
140 Watts 130 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+7%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
8 cores Much higher core count.
+33%
6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
16 threads Much higher thread count.
+33%
12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 22 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3 GHz 3.6 GHz Faster base frequency.
+20%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.5 GHz 4 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+14%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1418 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+48%
957 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1120 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+37%
819 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell-E Ivy Bridge-E
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA2011-V3 FCLGA2011
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None None
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'14 Q3'13
Cache
Cache
20 MB SmartCache 15 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES SSE4.2, AVX, AES
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$999.00 - $1059.00 N/A
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
3.5 GHz 4 GHz
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
0 GT/s 5 GT/s DMI2
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4 1333/1600/2133 DDR3 1333/1600/1866
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
68 GB/s 59.7 GB/s

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