Intel Core i7 5960X 

Released July, 2014
  • 3 GHz
  • Octa core
  • Unlocked
6 Out of 10

The multi-threading performance of the Core i7-5960X is quite unprecedented, as is its cool-running too.
by Tech Radar
For a user who wants the best possible performance and for whom price is not an issue, there's a lot to like about the Core i7-5960X.
by PCMag (Sep, 2014)
Explore 4 desktops with the Intel Core i7 5960X

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 5960X among desktop CPUs (over 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i7 5960X
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i7 5960X
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i7 5960X
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i7 5960X
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i7 5960X
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i7 5960X
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i7 5960X

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

In The News From around the web


Haswell-E: The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor Review

by Ryan Shrout |
Turn the A/C back a few degrees for the rest of the summer and save up as you'll need some cash to invest in a $1000 processors, $200-300 X99 motherboard and $230-350 for DDR4 memory.
The only downside to this is that they are broken up into two "pools" on the chipset - a set of 6 and a set of 4.
Just like Haswell and Ivy Bridge-E before it, Haswell-E would retain the great overclocking features that would ship with the “K” series and “Extreme Edition” processors.
Intel is also preparing the latest LGA2011-3 socket which has similar dimensions but a different ILM key pattern which allows only for Haswell-E processor compatibility.

Intel Core i7 5960X EE (Haswell-E) CPU and X99 Chipset Review

by Shawn Baker |
If we're completely honest, because CPU launches are quite few and far between, the benchmark line up for CPUs don't get the same attention as what our motherboard and video card ones do, which are constantly evolving.
The i7 4960X EE shows a clear lead over the i7 4790K, while the i7 5960X EE jumps even further head, and really by quite a decent margin.
The die block diagram also shows that the Core i7-5960X is not a 12 core die as previously expected which turns out to be a Xeon core.
The Haswell-E Core i7-5960X will house 2.6 Billion transistors inside its 22nm die and measures at 335.2 mm which is considered a huge die.

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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