Average Bench: 74.3% (91st of 1196)

more Based on 10,223 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: 58%Average: 74.3% Great: 93%
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 75%
Battleship

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged 25.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 425Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 791Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 35.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 212Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,109Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,223 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.5 1-Core 105 134
167 2-Core 212 267
74.5% 159 Pts
Min Avg Max
331 4-Core 425 536
587 8-Core 791 1,033
75.6% 608 Pts
Min Avg Max
868 64-Core 1,109 1,391
74.4% 1,109 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 129
2-Core 256
91% 193 Pts
4-Core 495
8-Core 876
86% 685 Pts
64-Core 1,325
89% 1,325 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 105
2-Core 188
70% 146 Pts
4-Core 410
8-Core 766
73% 588 Pts
64-Core 1071
72% 1071 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 59.5
2-Core 122
43% 90.9 Pts
4-Core 243
8-Core 476
44% 359 Pts
64-Core 978
66% 978 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,858,666 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $51514 mins
AmazonUS $1,0264 years
BHPhotoUS $1,0702 years
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 5,823 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 107%
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Desktop
Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 91%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $310

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 40% - Average Total price: $2,208

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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 5 years ago.

Excellent

2 days ago.

very good cpu effective speed up to 95


Excellent

2 years ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Outstanding

5 years ago.


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

3 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

12 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

15 months ago.

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


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