Intel Core i7-5960X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-5960X

Summary

Intel started Core i7-5960X sales 1 September 2014 at a recommended price of $999. This is high-end Haswell-E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, and is based on 22 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3.50 GHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is a FCLGA2011-3 processor with a TDP of 140 Watt. It supports DDR4-1333, DDR4-1600, DDR4-2133 memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at 54.76 percent of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-9980XE.

General info

Of Core i7-5960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
4.67
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Core i7 (Desktop)
 
Achitecture codename
Haswell-E
 
Release date
1 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)
Price now
$1005
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-5960X's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-5960X's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
8
 
Number of threads
16
 
Maximum frequency
3.5 GHz
 
of 5
L1 cache
256 KB
 
of 768
L2 cache
2 MB
 
of 16384
L3 cache
20 MB
 
of 65536
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
of 7
Die size
356 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
 
of 105
Transistor count
2600 million
 
of 19200
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-5960X 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
FCLGA2011-3
 
Power consumption (TDP)
140 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-5960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, 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 i7-5960X 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 i7-5960X are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-5960X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-1333, DDR4-1600, DDR4-2133
 
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
Max memory channels
4
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
68 GB / s
 

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i7-5960X.
Integrated graphics
None
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i7-5960X's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-5960X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

54.76

3DMark06 CPU

9924

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

5193

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

33929

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

1.53

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

15.1

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

139

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

1387

WinRAR 4.0

7049

x264 encoding pass 1

191

x264 encoding pass 2

82

TrueCrypt AES

8.2

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core

3980

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core

22382

Passmark

15950

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

14570

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-5960X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
102 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-5960X is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-5960X performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-5960X from AMD is Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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