Intel Core i7-4960X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-4960X

Summary

Intel started Core i7-4960X sales 3 September 2013 at a recommended price of $999. This is Ivy Bridge-E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, and is based on 22 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 4.00 GHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is a FCLGA2011 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt. It supports DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3-1866 memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at 47.37 percent of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-9980XE.

General info

Of Core i7-4960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.28
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Intel Core i7 (Desktop)
 
Achitecture codename
Ivy Bridge-E
 
Release date
3 September 2013
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)
Price now
$770
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-4960X's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-4960X's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
6
 
Number of threads
12
 
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
of 5
L1 cache
384 KB
 
of 768
L2 cache
1.5 MB
 
of 16384
L3 cache
15 MB
 
of 65536
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
of 7
Die size
257 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
 
of 105
Transistor count
1860 Million
 
of 19200
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-4960X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
of 8
Socket
FCLGA2011
 
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-4960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
SSE4.2, AVX, AES
 
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
Smart Response
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 

Security technologies

Core i7-4960X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 
Identity Protection
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-4960X are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-4960X.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3-1866
 
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
Max memory channels
4
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
59.7 GB / s
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i7-4960X's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-4960X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

47.37

3DMark06 CPU

8743

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

11.2

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

144

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

1076

Passmark

13797

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

13280

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-4960X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
33 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-4960X is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-4960X performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-4960X from AMD is Ryzen 7 1700, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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