Intel Core i9-9960X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i9-9960X

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i9-9960X sales 19 October 2018 at a recommended price of $1,684. This is Skylake 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 maximum frequency of 4500 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

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

It provides good benchmark performance at 34.58 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX.

General info

Of Core i9-9960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
9.63
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Intel Core i9
 
Architecture codename
Skylake
 
Release date
19 October 2018
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,684
 
Price now
$1628
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i9-9960X's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i9-9960X's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
16
 
Number of threads
32
 
Base frequency
3.1 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Maximum frequency
4.5 GHz
 
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
L3 cache
22 MB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Maximum core temperature
85 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-9960X 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
 
Socket
FCLGA2066
 
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
of 650 (Atom Z500)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i9-9960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
 
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 

Security technologies

Core i9-9960X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
EDB
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-9960X are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
VT-x
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-9960X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
Max memory channels
4
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
79.47 GB/s
 
of 262.26 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i9-9960X.
Integrated graphics
-
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i9-9960X's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i9-9960X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

34.58

Passmark

30663

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i9-9960X is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i9-9960X performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-9960X from AMD is Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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