Intel Core i7 5960X 

Released July, 2014
  • 3 GHz
  • Octa core
  • Unlocked

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 5960X

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 5960X
10.69 mPixels/s
Core i7 4790K
18.33 mPixels/s
Core i7 5930K
7.26 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5960X
5.39 fps
Core i7 4790K
12.09 fps
Core i7 5930K
-1 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i7 5960X

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i7 5960X

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i7 5960X

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 5960X
Core i7 4790K
Core i7 5930K

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 5960X

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 5960X
4,120,000 MB/s
Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s
Core i7 5930K
4,300,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz
Cores Octa core
Is unlocked Yes


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE3
  6. Supplemental SSE3
  7. SSE4.2
  8. AVX 2.0
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

TDP 140W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year
Performance per watt 7.19 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.75W


Architecture QPI
Transfer rate 0 MT/s
Clock speed 0 MHz


Architecture x86-64
Threads 16 threads
L3 cache 20 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Max CPUs 1


Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 8,243.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR
Channels Quad Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB
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What pipe are you guys smoking? The Intel Core i7 4790K smokes the Intel Core i7 5960X by a country mile. Lost on every benchmark. This review is on the go-go stick of wrongness!! They will never make another chip like the 4790K this good again. Even the latest i9 chips are only 35% quicker than the 4790K!! I don't see a need to upgrade my 4790K and until I see a 50% improvement over the devil's canyon, there really is no comparison. Very disappointing!!
x99 or z270. Is there really a wrong choice if you are a true enthusiast?
Now I have a new one.... :) 6950X
That is one powerful PC..
And I have one :)
The beast!
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