Intel Core i9-9960X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i9-9960X

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i9-9960X sales 8 October 2018 at a recommended price of $1,684. This is high-end Skylake-X 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 3.1 GHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is Intel Socket 2066 processor with a TDP of 165 Watt. It supports DDR4-2666 memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at 58.97 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7742.

General info

Of Core i9-9960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Intel Core i9
 
Achitecture codename
Skylake-X
 
Release date
8 October 2018
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,684
 
of 999 (Xeon W3530)
Price now
$1687
 
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
 
Maximum frequency
3.1 GHz
 
of 5 (FX-9590)
Bus support
4 × 8 GT / s
 
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
of 4096 (EPYC 7702)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
of 32 (EPYC 7702)
L3 cache
22 MB (shared)
 
of 256 (EPYC 7702)
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
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 (Uniprocessor)
 
Socket
2066
 
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.
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 

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
 
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
-
 

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

58.97

Passmark

27930

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 8 positions in our rating.

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