Average Bench: 80.5% (235th of 1452)

more Based on 15,468 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: 70%Average: 80.5% Great: 94%
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 19.5% 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. Memory Latency 87Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 398Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 24%. 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 718Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,075Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,468 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.1 Memory 87 95.3
74.4 1-Core 100 128
160 2-Core 201 254
74.5% 129 Pts
Min Avg Max
313 4-Core 398 502
552 8-Core 718 920
67% 558 Pts
Min Avg Max
849 64-Core 1,075 1,353
66.5% 1,075 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.9
1-Core 97
2-Core 219
77% 135 Pts
4-Core 443
8-Core 780
74% 612 Pts
64-Core 1,131
70% 1,131 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.7
1-Core 106
2-Core 208
76% 133 Pts
4-Core 422
8-Core 776
72% 599 Pts
64-Core 1,049
65% 1,049 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.1
1-Core 101
2-Core 197
73% 128 Pts
4-Core 384
8-Core 702
65% 543 Pts
64-Core 1,064
66% 1,064 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.8
1-Core 96.1
2-Core 186
71% 122 Pts
4-Core 355
8-Core 726
64% 541 Pts
64-Core 980
61% 980 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.7
1-Core 89
2-Core 177
68% 116 Pts
4-Core 354
8-Core 648
60% 501 Pts
64-Core 972
60% 972 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
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Gaming 101%
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Desktop
Desktop 84%
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Workstation
Workstation 97%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $122

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $1,282

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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 9 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

Great CPU, at time of release, much better than i7-4790K, plus despite being Haswell, DDR4 RAM! Still runs great paired with a EVGA GTX 1070 FTW & wouldn't bottleneck 2000 gen RTX 2070/2080 at minimum. Rocking hard 10 years later! This is how powerful CPU's should still be today, using the wasted resources for onboard GPU for more CPU power.

Comment 

Running Windows 11 using a TPM module on ASUS x99a Deluxe MB with intel raid and 1TB Nvme C: drive. Updated the GPU lately and still play any games no problem.—May '23


Good

18 months ago.

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


Poor

13 months ago.

Superior to 6700k but inferior to anything else above it


Terrible

17 months ago.

very good cpu effective speed up to 95


Excellent

6 years ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Excellent

3 years ago.

Still a MONSTER !!!! It´s a keeper ;)


Excellent

4 years ago.

Old cpu but keeps outperforming


Outstanding

9 years ago.


Outstanding

7 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

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

9 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

5 years ago.

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


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