Average Bench: 71.9% (107th of 1197)

Based on 2,718 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: 59%Average: 71.9% Great: 87%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4960X averaged 28.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 104Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 208Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4960X is 27.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 816Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 653Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,718 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.8 1-Core 104 126
172 2-Core 208 252
73.2% 156 Pts
Min Avg Max
320 4-Core 407 496
531 8-Core 653 809
67.4% 530 Pts
Min Avg Max
694 64-Core 816 977
54.8% 816 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 132
2-Core 261
93% 197 Pts
4-Core 527
8-Core 850
87% 688 Pts
64-Core 1,033
69% 1,033 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 128
2-Core 261
91% 195 Pts
4-Core 501
8-Core 812
83% 657 Pts
64-Core 1,040
70% 1,040 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 118
2-Core 239
84% 178 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 705
75% 584 Pts
64-Core 877
59% 877 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 101
2-Core 214
74% 158 Pts
4-Core 363
8-Core 540
58% 451 Pts
64-Core 753
51% 753 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 3 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 110
2-Core 209
76% 159 Pts
4-Core 348
8-Core 426
51% 387 Pts
64-Core 416
28% 416 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,816,548 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i7-4960X Builds (Compare 2,380 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 102%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 43% - Average Total price: $2,095

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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 5 years ago.

Excellent

8 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

8 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


Terrible

10 months ago.

it is a cool looking xeon 1650 v3 almost the same damn thing and the xeon is worth half the price same cores same threads 0.1 GHz less supports ecc mem like this is 100% a scam


Excellent

5 years ago.


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