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Intel Core i9-9960X: specs and benchmarks
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Intel started Intel Core i9-9960X sales 8 October 2018 at a recommended price of $1,684. Based on Skylake-X architecture, this desktop processor is 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 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
of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7H12.
Core i9-9960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
|Place in performance rating||140|
|Value for money||9.41|
|Market segment||Desktop processor|
|Series||Intel Core i9|
|Architecture codename||Skylake-X (2018)|
|Release date||8 October 2018 (4 years ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$1,684||of 305 (Core i7-870)|
|Current price||$1549 (0.9x MSRP)||of 18995 (Xeon Platinum 8280L)|
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||3.1 GHz||of 4.7 (FX-9590)|
|Boost clock speed||4.5 GHz||of 5.8 (Core i9-13900K)|
|Bus support||4 × 8 GT/s|
|L1 cache||64K (per core)||of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)|
|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)|
|Maximum core temperature||85 °C||of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)|
|64 bit support||+|
|Windows 11 compatibility||+|
Information on Core i9-9960X 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||of 8 (Opteron 842)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||165 Watt||of 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)|
Technologies and extensions
Technological capabilities 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|
|Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)||+|
|Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)||+|
|Turbo Boost Technology||2.0|
|Turbo Boost Max 3.0||+|
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
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 i9-9960X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.
|Supported memory types||DDR4-2666||of 5200 (Ryzen 5 7600X)|
|Maximum memory size||128 GB||of 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)|
|Max memory channels||4||of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
|Maximum memory bandwidth||85 GB/s||of 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
|ECC memory support||-|
General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i9-9960X.
|Integrated graphics card||-|
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
|PCIe version||3.0||of 5 (Core i9-12900K)|
|PCI Express lanes||44||of 128 (EPYC 7551P)|
Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i9-9960X. 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.
- GeekBench 5 Single-Core
- GeekBench 5 Multi-Core
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: 69%
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: 38%
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: 38%
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Overall Core i9-9960X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.
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