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Intel Core i9-7960X: specs and benchmarks
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Intel Core i9-7960X
Intel started Intel Core i9-7960X sales 1 September 2017 at a recommended price of $1,699. This is Skylake (server) architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 2800 MHz - 4200 MHz (1 core)4200 MHz (2 cores) and an unlocked multiplier.
Compatibility-wise, this is Intel Socket 2066 processor with a TDP of 165 Watt and a maximum temperature of °C. It supports DDR4 Quad-channel memory.
It provides good benchmark performance at
percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.
Of Core i9-7960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
|Place in performance rating||98|
|Value for money||17.08|
|Market segment||Desktop processor|
|Series||Intel Core i9|
|Architecture codename||Skylake (server)|
|Release date||1 September 2017 (4 years ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$1,699||of 305 (Core i7-870)|
|Price now||$1458 (0.9x MSRP)||of 16595 (Xeon E7-4850)|
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 cores||16 (Hexadeca-Core)|
|Base clock speed||2.8 GHz||of 4.7 (FX-9590)|
|Boost clock speed||2.8 GHz||of 5.3 (Xeon W-1390P)|
|Bus support||4 × 8 GT/s|
|L1 cache||64K (per core)||of 896 (Xeon W-2170B)|
|L2 cache||1 MB (per core)||of 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)|
|L3 cache||22 MB (shared)||of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)|
|Chip lithography||14 nm||of 5 (Apple M1)|
|64 bit support||+|
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 configuration||1 (Uniprocessor)||of 8 (Xeon Platinum 8280)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||165 Watt||of 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.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
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 types||DDR4 Quad-channel||of 4266 (Ryzen 9 5900HX)|
|Maximum memory size||128 GB||of 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)|
|Max memory channels||4||of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
|Maximum memory bandwidth||85.33 GB/s||of 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i9-7960X.
|Integrated graphics card||-|
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.
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.
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.
Let's see how good Core i9-7960X is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Overall Core i9-7960X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-7960X by AMD is Ryzen 7 5800, which is slower by 3% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.
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