Average Bench: 84.4% (82nd of 1276)

more Based on 13,255 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: 74%Average: 84.4% Great: 97%
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 15.6% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 88.7Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 431Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 23%. 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 214Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 107Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,255 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.1 Memory 88.7 96
85.1 1-Core 107 131
169 2-Core 214 264
79.9% 136 Pts
Min Avg Max
347 4-Core 431 529
605 8-Core 797 1,024
76.3% 614 Pts
Min Avg Max
912 64-Core 1,134 1,396
76.1% 1,134 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.7
1-Core 124
2-Core 250
90% 156 Pts
4-Core 501
8-Core 996
92% 748 Pts
64-Core 1,330
89% 1,330 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.8
1-Core 104
2-Core 232
83% 143 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 866
82% 664 Pts
64-Core 1220
82% 1220 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 97.4
2-Core 181
72% 121 Pts
4-Core 378
8-Core 693
67% 536 Pts
64-Core 984
66% 984 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.6
1-Core 97.2
2-Core 191
73% 124 Pts
4-Core 380
8-Core 704
67% 542 Pts
64-Core 971
65% 971 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $40010 mins
AmazonUS $1,0265 years
BHPhotoUS $1,0703 years
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 2,409 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 116%
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Desktop
Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $310

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,809

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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 6 years ago.

Terrible

1 month ago.

very good cpu effective speed up to 95


Excellent

29 days ago.

Still a MONSTER !!!! It´s a keeper ;)


Excellent

3 years ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Excellent

8 months ago.

Old cpu but keeps outperforming


Outstanding

6 years ago.


Terrible

3 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

6 months ago.

very good. can do comfort gaming at 4k , 2080 ti 8 core 16 thread same as ryzen 7 2700X


Outstanding

4 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

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

5 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


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