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 57.42 percent of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-7980XE.

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)
6.11
 
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
$768.99
 
of 8684.5 (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
 
L1 cache
256 KB
 
of 768
L2 cache
2 MB
 
of 16384
L3 cache
20 MB
 
of 65536
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
Die size
356 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
 
of 105
Transistor count
2600 million
 
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
 
of 320 (Xeon Phi 7295)

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
 

CPU benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

57.42

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 Score

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. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Core i3-530
recommended Core i5-650
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Core i3-4340
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Phenom X3 8650
recommended Core i5-650
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Core 2 Quad Q6600
recommended Core i5-3470
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Core i3-560
recommended Core i5-2500K
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Pentium D 915
recommended Core 2 Duo E6600
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Pentium D 915
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Celeron 450
recommended Pentium 4 630
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Celeron 2.20
recommended Celeron D 352
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Core i7-5960X performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

Core i7-5960X
minimum Pentium D 915
recommended Pentium D 915

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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