Average Bench: 81.1% (173rd of 1369)

more Based on 15,979 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]

Poor: 71%Average: 81.1% Great: 94%
Gaming
Gaming 81%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 18.9% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 87.3Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 403Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 22.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Octa Core Speed 736Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,093Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,979 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.1 Memory 87.3 95.2
75.7 1-Core 101 129
161 2-Core 203 256
75% 130 Pts
Min Avg Max
322 4-Core 403 506
576 8-Core 736 933
68.2% 569 Pts
Min Avg Max
860 64-Core 1,093 1,359
67.7% 1,093 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.75 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.5
1-Core 126
2-Core 252
88% 157 Pts
4-Core 501
8-Core 890
84% 696 Pts
64-Core 974
60% 974 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 100
2-Core 195
75% 129 Pts
4-Core 370
8-Core 689
63% 530 Pts
64-Core 1,018
63% 1,018 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.1
1-Core 103
2-Core 183
72% 123 Pts
4-Core 387
8-Core 710
66% 548 Pts
64-Core 1,068
66% 1,068 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $7733 mins
AmazonUS $1,0267 years
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Gaming 112%
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Desktop
Desktop 84%
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Workstation
Workstation 107%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $122

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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 8 years ago.

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4 months ago.

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Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core 20MB 140W LGA2011-3 64-Bit Processor SR20Q


Good

3 months ago.

Had a 5960x, lasted me years Great CPU, run games like Tarkov with ease


Terrible

21 months ago.

very good cpu effective speed up to 95


Excellent

5 years ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Excellent

20 months ago.

Still a MONSTER !!!! It´s a keeper ;)


Excellent

2 years ago.

Old cpu but keeps outperforming


Outstanding

8 years ago.


Terrible

5 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

6 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

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

7 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


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