Intel Core i7-4960X: specs and benchmarks
Intel started Intel Core i7-4960X sales 3 September 2013 at a recommended price of $999. This is Ivy Bridge E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, and is based on 22 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4000 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.
Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA2011 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt. It supports DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3-1866 memory.
It provides poor benchmark performance at 11.33 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.
Of Core i7-4960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Information on Core i7-4960X compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.
Technologies and extensions
Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-4960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-4960X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-4960X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.
Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.
Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core
Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.
Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.
Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.
3DMark Fire Strike Physics
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-4960X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Let's see how good Core i7-4960X is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
This processor matches 100% minimum and 99% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Overall Core i7-4960X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-4960X from AMD is FX-9590, which is faster by 2% and higher by 15 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-4960X: