Intel Core i9-9960X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i9-9960X


Intel started Core i9-9960X sales on October 2018. This is high-end Skylake-X architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems.

Compatibility-wise, this is a Intel Socket 2066 processor with a TDP of 165 Watt. It supports DDR4 memory.

It provides outstanding benchmark performance at 87.06 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

General info

Of Core i9-9960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
Achitecture codename
Release date
October 2018
Price now
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
Maximum frequency
3.1 GHz
of 5
L1 cache
64K (per core)
of 768
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
of 16384
L3 cache
22 MB (shared)
of 65536
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
of 7
64 bit support


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
of 8
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt

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.

Security technologies

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

Virtualization technologies

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

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-9960X.
Supported memory types

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance




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 slower by 9% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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