Core i7-5960X: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregated performance score

Core i7-5960X
2014
8 cores / 16 threads
8.24

It provides poor benchmark performance at 8.24% of a leader's which is Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

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Summary

Intel started Core i7-5960X sales 1 September 2014 at a recommended price of $999. This is a Haswell-E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, and is based on 22 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 3500 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

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

General info

Core i7-5960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking831
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money5.49
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesCore i7 (Desktop)
Architecture codenameHaswell-E (2014)
Release date1 September 2014 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$999of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$177 (0.2x MSRP)of 17802 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)

Value for money

Performance per price, higher is better.

Technical specs

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.

Physical cores8 (Octa-Core)
Threads16
Base clock speed3 GHzof 4.7 (Ryzen 9 7900X)
Boost clock speed3.5 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 98304 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
L3 cache20 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7773X)
Chip lithography22 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size356 mm2
Maximum core temperature67 °Cof 110 (Core Ultra 7 165H)
Number of transistors2,600 millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 5 7645HX)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplierYes

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-5960X 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.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Xeon Platinum 8160M)
SocketFCLGA2011
Power consumption (TDP)140 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-5960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI+
AVX+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
TSX+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Smart Response+
Demand Based Switching-
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+
EDB+
Identity Protection+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-5960X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4
Maximum memory size64 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth68 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9654)
ECC memory support-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0of 5 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
PCI Express lanes40of 128 (EPYC 9654)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-5960X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

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.

i7-5960X 8.24

Passmark

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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i7-5960X 12744

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-5960X 1276

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-5960X 7373

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

i7-5960X 5193

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i7-5960X 33929

3DMark06 CPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i7-5960X 9924

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

i7-5960X 15

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

Benchmark coverage: 15%

i7-5960X 1387

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.

Benchmark coverage: 15%

i7-5960X 139

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark 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 loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

i7-5960X 1.53

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i7-5960X 8.2

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i7-5960X 7049

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i7-5960X 191

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i7-5960X 82

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i7-5960X 14570

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core

Benchmark coverage: 2%

i7-5960X 22382

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core

Benchmark coverage: 2%

i7-5960X 3980

Gaming performance

Relative performance

Overall Core i7-5960X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


Core i7-8700 100.97
Ryzen 5 3500 100.36
Core i7-5960X 100

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i7-5960X is Ryzen 5 3500, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 4 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-5960X:

Ryzen 3 5300G 101.21
Ryzen 5 3500 100.36
Core i7-5960X 100
Ryzen 5 1600 96.36
Ryzen 3 3100 93.57

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