Intel Core i7-5960X vs AMD Ryzen 5 1600

Intel Core i7-5960X
AMD Ryzen 5 1600

General info

Comparing Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
8.50
 
52.13
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Core i7 (Desktop)
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Haswell-E
 
Zen
Release date
1 September 2014
 
11 April 2017
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
$219
Price now
$769
 
$124

Technical specs

Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600 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 and Ryzen 5 1600 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
8
 
6
Number of threads
16
 
12
Base frequency
3 GHz
 
3.2 GHz
Maximum frequency
3.5 GHz
 
3.6 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
96K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
20 MB (shared)
 
16 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
356 mm2
 
192 mm2
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
 
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Transistor count
2,600 million
 
4,800 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600 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
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCLGA2011-3
 
AM4
Power consumption (TDP)
140 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
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AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
-
 
no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading
+
 
no data
Idle States
+
 
no data
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Smart Response
+
 
no data
Demand Based Switching
-
 
no data

Security technologies

Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data
Identity Protection
+
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
no data
VT-x
+
 
no data
EPT
+
 
no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600.
Supported memory types
DDR4-1600, DDR4-1866, DDR4-2133
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
68 GB/s
 
39.74 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 
20

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-5960X 15.58 +1.1%
Ryzen 5 1600 15.41

3DMark06 CPU

i7-5960X 9924 +20.4%
Ryzen 5 1600 8244

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i7-5960X 5193 +14.4%
Ryzen 5 1600 4538

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i7-5960X 33929 +30.6%
Ryzen 5 1600 25970

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

i7-5960X 2
Ryzen 5 1600 2 +7.8%

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i7-5960X 15 +19.8%
Ryzen 5 1600 13

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

i7-5960X 139
Ryzen 5 1600 147 +5.8%

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

i7-5960X 1387 +22.9%
Ryzen 5 1600 1129

wPrime 32

i7-5960X 4 +61.2%
Ryzen 5 1600 7

WinRAR 4.0

i7-5960X 7049 +105.5%
Ryzen 5 1600 3430

x264 encoding pass 1

i7-5960X 191 +7.9%
Ryzen 5 1600 177

x264 encoding pass 2

i7-5960X 82 +18.8%
Ryzen 5 1600 69

TrueCrypt AES

i7-5960X 8 +33.3%
Ryzen 5 1600 6

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core

i7-5960X 3980 +9%
Ryzen 5 1600 3652

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core

i7-5960X 22382 +48.3%
Ryzen 5 1600 15096

Passmark

i7-5960X 12669 +1.1%
Ryzen 5 1600 12528

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
102 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-5960X and Ryzen 5 1600 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-5960X

1.1% faster in synthetic tests
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 1600

Much newer (11 April 2017 vs 1 September 2014)
Cheaper ($219 vs $999)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 22 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 140 watts)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-5960X or Ryzen 5 1600?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i7-5960X and AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The differences in performance seem too small.
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