Intel Core i9-7960X: specs and benchmarks

VS

Aggregated performance score

Core i9-7960X
2017
16 cores / 32 threads
18.77

Summary

Intel started Core i9-7960X sales 1 September 2017 at a recommended price of $1,699. This is a Skylake (server) architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4400 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA2066 processor with a TDP of 165 Watt. It supports DDR4-2666 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 18.77% of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WXRyzen ThreadripperPRO 7995WX
Compare

General info

Core i9-7960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking280
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money5.27
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i9
Architecture codenameSkylake (server) (2017−2019)
Release date1 September 2017 (6 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,699of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$1559 (0.9x MSRP)of 17802 (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 cores16 (Hexadeca-Core)
Threads32
Base clock speed2.8 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.4 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache1 MB (per core)of 36 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache22 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography14 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size484 mm2
Maximum core temperature98 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplierYes

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7960X 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 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCLGA2066
Power consumption (TDP)165 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI+
AVX+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
TSX+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

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

EDB+

Virtualization technologies

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

VT-d+
VT-x+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-7960X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4-2666
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth85 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i9-7960X.

Integrated graphics cardN/A

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes44of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i9-7960X. 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.

i9-7960X 18.77

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%

i9-7960X 28754

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%

i9-7960X 1376

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%

i9-7960X 10516

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i9-7960X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


Core i9-7960X 100

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i9-7960X is Ryzen 5 7600X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 4 positions in our ranking.

Ryzen 5 7600XRyzen 57600X
Compare

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i9-7960X:

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

i9-9980XECore i99980XE
Compare
Ryzen Threadripper 2950XRyzen Threadripper2950X
Compare
i9-9940XCore i99940X
Compare
i9-10940XCore i910940X
Compare
Ryzen Threadripper 1950XRyzen Threadripper1950X
Compare
Ryzen Threadripper 2970WXRyzen Threadripper2970WX
Compare

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i9-7960X, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i9-7960X in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 73 configurations based on Core i9-7960X in our database.

User Ratings

Here is the rating given to the reviewed processor by our users. Let others know your opinion by rating it yourself.


3.8 40 votes

Rate Core i9-7960X on a scale of 1 to 5:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Questions and comments

Here you can ask a question about Core i9-7960X, agree or disagree with our judgements, or report an error or mismatch.