Average Bench: 82.2% (60th of 1137)

Based on 1,392 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000306E4 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4960X CPU @ 3.60GHz

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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Poor: 65%Average: 82.2% Great: 98%
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4960X averaged just 17.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-4960X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 796Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 811Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4960X is 32.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 101Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 102Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,392 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.2 SC Int 101 123
78.1 SC Float 103 125
75.4 SC Mixed 102 124
81.6% 102 Pts
Min Avg Max
277 QC Int 399 486
306 QC Float 407 495
308 QC Mixed 405 490
91.5% 404 Pts
Min Avg Max
607 MC Int 796 939
651 MC Float 800 939
673 MC Mixed 811 950
120% 802 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 119
SC Mixed 118
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 464
QC Float 473
QC Mixed 468
106% 468 Pts
MC Int 903
MC Float 902
MC Mixed 919
136% 908 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 113
90% 113 Pts
QC Int 444
QC Float 453
QC Mixed 449
102% 449 Pts
MC Int 866
MC Float 867
MC Mixed 880
130% 871 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz
SC Int 108
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 110
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 395
QC Float 390
QC Mixed 434
92% 406 Pts
MC Int 848
MC Float 842
MC Mixed 858
127% 849 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 110
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 438
QC Float 444
QC Mixed 426
99% 436 Pts
MC Int 847
MC Float 844
MC Mixed 858
128% 850 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.3
SC Float 97.1
SC Mixed 95.3
76% 95.6 Pts
QC Int 393
QC Float 367
QC Mixed 394
87% 385 Pts
MC Int 756
MC Float 749
MC Mixed 770
114% 758 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,079,111 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i7-4960X Builds (Compare 1,356 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 115%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 76%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $2,237

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-4960X Processor Extreme Edition (15M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
Code NameIvy Bridge E
Launch DateQ3'13
Processor Numberi7-4960X
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache15 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Max TDP130 W

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1333/1600/1866
Memory Channels4
Memory Bandwidth59.7 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes40

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Smart Response TechYes

Package

Package Size52.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

Ivy Bridge-E 3.6GHz LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor...

Models: BX80633I74960X CM8063301292500

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

10 months ago.

Great chip, been using this for years now and its still a great chip to be using. Sure i have bumped the speed up to 4.5ghz for some more performance but wanted to make sure it worked great with my 1080ti and guess what? IT DOES....VERY WELL :P


Excellent

15 months ago.

Comment 

Impostato a 4,5 GHz macina tutto con una facilità disarmante. Riesco a gestire anche 20 applicativi contemporaneamente senza il minimo sforzo.. raramente arrivo oltre il 20% di carico. Impressionante. Costa caro? Beh.. ogni cosa ha il suo prezzo per cui se vuoi una Lamborghini non puoi lamentarti che costa cara. La compri e basta.—Feb '16


Excellent

4 years ago.


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