Average Bench: 89.4% (49th of 1158)

more Based on 7,098 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306F2, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, BFEBFBFF000306C3, 0F8BFBFF000306F2, 178BFBFF00600F20, 1FABFBFF000306F2 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel Core i7 (tm) 5960X Extremet-Core Processor, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5960X CPU @ 3.2GHz

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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Poor: 72%Average: 89.4% Great: 110%
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 92%
Nuclear submarine

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 10.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-5960X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 1,060Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,113Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 38.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Floating Point Speed 107Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 106Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,098 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.2 SC Int 106 133
80.9 SC Float 107 133
80.6 SC Mixed 106 132
85.1% 106 Pts
Min Avg Max
337 QC Int 426 530
340 QC Float 424 525
333 QC Mixed 424 530
96.3% 425 Pts
Min Avg Max
832 MC Int 1,060 1,318
905 MC Float 1,135 1,403
873 MC Mixed 1,113 1,387
165% 1,103 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 130
104% 131 Pts
QC Int 517
QC Float 528
QC Mixed 526
119% 524 Pts
MC Int 1297
MC Float 1,393
MC Mixed 1,372
203% 1,354 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 116
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 457
QC Float 471
QC Mixed 463
105% 464 Pts
MC Int 1,176
MC Float 1,209
MC Mixed 1185
178% 1190 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 99.7
SC Float 100
SC Mixed 102
80% 101 Pts
QC Int 407
QC Float 416
QC Mixed 400
92% 408 Pts
MC Int 1,020
MC Float 1,100
MC Mixed 1,096
160% 1,072 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.9
SC Float 101
SC Mixed 97.7
79% 99.1 Pts
QC Int 388
QC Float 392
QC Mixed 381
88% 387 Pts
MC Int 967
MC Float 1,037
MC Mixed 1,017
151% 1,007 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,051,104 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $55227 mins
AmazonUS $1,0263 years
BHPhotoUS $1,0702 years
NeweggUS $1,07314 months
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 4,775 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 124%
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Desktop
Desktop 111%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $339

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 94% - Outstanding Total price: $2,223

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition (20M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
Code NameHaswell E
Launch DateQ3'14
Processor Numberi7-5960X
# of Cores8
# of Threads16
Cache20 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$999.00 - $1059.00
Clock Speed3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.5 GHz
Bus Speed0 GT/s
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP140 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsNone

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4 1333/1600/2133
Memory Channels4
Memory Bandwidth68 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
Sockets SupportedLGA2011-v3

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

LGA2011-V3

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

22 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

20 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

2 years ago.

This CPU will take whatever you throw at it, and demolish it. This thing is a true beast for everything and will do what you want


Excellent

6 months ago.

Bought used on eBay, better than overpriced 9900K, Quad Channel + 40 PCI-E lane :) Overclocked to 4.7Ghz ofc :)


Excellent

4 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

9 months ago.

Awesome CPU. Bult in 2014 and much better then most processors of 2018. Lifetime processor !!!


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