Average Bench: 89.8% (42nd of 1143)

more Based on 6,559 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: 72%Average: 89.8% Great: 111%
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 93%
Nuclear submarine

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 10.1% 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

Multi Core Integer Speed 1,072Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,130Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 38.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-5960X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Floating Point Speed 107Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 106Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,559 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.9 SC Int 107 133
78.2 SC Float 107 134
77.9 SC Mixed 106 134
85.3% 107 Pts
Min Avg Max
327 QC Int 426 530
335 QC Float 427 531
331 QC Mixed 425 525
96.6% 426 Pts
Min Avg Max
846 MC Int 1,072 1,333
897 MC Float 1,150 1,432
882 MC Mixed 1,130 1,404
167% 1,118 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 130
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 129
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 518
QC Float 508
QC Mixed 506
116% 511 Pts
MC Int 1,298
MC Float 1,387
MC Mixed 1,362
202% 1349 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 123
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 125
100% 124 Pts
QC Int 486
QC Float 494
QC Mixed 467
109% 482 Pts
MC Int 1217
MC Float 1,301
MC Mixed 1,286
190% 1,268 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 106
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 394
QC Float 414
QC Mixed 405
92% 404 Pts
MC Int 1,058
MC Float 1134
MC Mixed 1115
165% 1,102 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 2.75 GHz (avg)
SC Int 103
SC Float 105
SC Mixed 103
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 411
QC Float 419
QC Mixed 409
94% 413 Pts
MC Int 1,010
MC Float 1,081
MC Mixed 1,063
157% 1,051 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 103
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 380
QC Float 396
QC Mixed 388
88% 388 Pts
MC Int 977
MC Float 1,024
MC Mixed 1,028
151% 1,010 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $86416 mins
AmazonUS $1,0263 years
BHPhotoUS $1,07021 months
NeweggUS $1,0739 months
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 3,651 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 123%
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Desktop
Desktop 111%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $339

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $2,612

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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

17 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

14 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

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Easy to overclock and easy to tame CPU temp on air


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


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