Average Bench: 75.4% (64th of 1182)

more Based on 9,795 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: 61%Average: 75.4% Great: 94%
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 75%
Battleship

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged 24.5% 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. Quad Core Mixed Speed 425Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 792Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 33.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 212Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,112Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,795 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.3 1-Core 105 133
169 2-Core 212 263
74.5% 159 Pts
Min Avg Max
338 4-Core 425 534
584 8-Core 792 1,018
75.6% 609 Pts
Min Avg Max
868 64-Core 1,112 1,393
74.6% 1,112 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 112
2-Core 244
83% 178 Pts
4-Core 515
8-Core 980
93% 747 Pts
64-Core 1,401
94% 1,401 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 79.3
2-Core 187
61% 133 Pts
4-Core 474
8-Core 775
79% 625 Pts
64-Core 1,224
82% 1,224 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 83.9
2-Core 173
60% 128 Pts
4-Core 387
8-Core 747
70% 567 Pts
64-Core 1,003
67% 1,003 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 101
2-Core 203
71% 152 Pts
4-Core 371
8-Core 651
64% 511 Pts
64-Core 1,050
70% 1,050 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,207,839 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $6008 mins
AmazonUS $1,0264 years
BHPhotoUS $1,0702 years
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 5,484 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 107%
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Desktop
Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 91%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $310

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $2,293

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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

15 hrs ago.

very good cpu effective speed up to 95


Excellent

2 years ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

24 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

10 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

13 months ago.

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


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