Average Bench: 89.3% (43rd of 1144)

more Based on 7,423 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: 73%Average: 89.3% Great: 110%
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 92%
Nuclear submarine

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-5960X averaged just 10.6% 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

Multi Core Integer Speed 1,067Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,124Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-5960X is 37.5%. 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 105Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 105Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,423 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.7 SC Int 106 133
79.5 SC Float 105 132
78.4 SC Mixed 105 131
84.5% 106 Pts
Min Avg Max
329 QC Int 425 529
338 QC Float 424 526
333 QC Mixed 424 526
96.2% 424 Pts
Min Avg Max
856 MC Int 1,067 1,318
923 MC Float 1,144 1,412
910 MC Mixed 1,124 1,388
166% 1,112 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 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 117
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 116
92% 116 Pts
QC Int 468
QC Float 460
QC Mixed 462
105% 463 Pts
MC Int 1,170
MC Float 1,250
MC Mixed 1235
182% 1,218 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 112
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 114
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 448
QC Float 459
QC Mixed 454
103% 454 Pts
MC Int 1,129
MC Float 1,225
MC Mixed 1,191
177% 1,182 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 27
SC Float 28.6
SC Mixed 30
23% 28.5 Pts
QC Int 109
QC Float 110
QC Mixed 103
24% 107 Pts
MC Int 302
MC Float 326
MC Mixed 336
48% 321 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1049 @ launch in Aug '14
EbayUS $7795 mins
AmazonUS $1,0263 years
BHPhotoUS $1,07022 months
NeweggUS $1,07310 months
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Typical Core i7-5960X Builds (Compare 3,939 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 122%
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Desktop
Desktop 110%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME - $339

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $2,528

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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

18 months ago.

welp,ryzens dead. sayonara amd


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

16 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

2 months 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

5 months ago.

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


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