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Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5960X

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs None Compared to all cpus, 3.5 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 1.2 GHz 2.5x higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache 20 MB vs 0.5 MB 40x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 40 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 15,994 vs 310 More than 51.5x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,994 vs 318 More than 6.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 8 vs 1 7 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 16 vs 1 15 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 5x more l3 cache per core
Significantly better performance per watt 7.19 pt/W vs 2.69 pt/W Around 2.8x better performance per watt
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 3 years later
Front view of AMD C 30

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AMD C 30

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Much lower typical power consumption 7.31W vs 113.75W 15.6x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower annual home energy cost 2.17 $/year vs 33.73 $/year 15.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 7.88 $/year vs 122.64 $/year 15.6x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5960X vs AMD C 30

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 5960X
15,994
AMD C 30
310

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5960X  vs
AMD C 30 
Clock speed 3 GHz 1.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz None
Cores Octa core Single core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1066
DDR

details

Core i7 5960X  vs
AMD C 30 
Threads 16 1
L3 cache 20 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 40 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6250
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 276 MHz

power consumption

TDP 140W 9W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year 2.17 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year 7.88 $/year
Performance per watt 7.19 pt/W 2.69 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.75W 7.31W
Intel Core i7 5960X
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