CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5960X vs 6900K among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel 6900K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel 6900K  based on its single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5960X

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Significantly better performance per watt 7.19 pt/W vs 3.62 pt/W Around 2x better performance per watt
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 4.3 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 4.29 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel 6900K

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Intel 6900K

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Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Better PassMark score 17,994 vs 15,994 Around 15% better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,224 vs 1,994 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Apr, 2016 vs Jul, 2014 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5960X vs 6900K

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 5960X
26,400
6900K
29,191

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

6900K
3,905.5

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 5960X
4,120,000 MB/s
6900K
4,795 MB/s

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Core i7 5960X
44,583
6900K
48,835

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

6900K
7,618

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 5960X
15,994
6900K
17,994

PassMark (Single Core)

6900K
2,224

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5960X  vs
6900K 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Octa core Octa core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 140W 140W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year 122.64 $/year
Performance per watt 7.19 pt/W 3.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.75W 113.75W

bus

Architecture QPI FSB
Number of links 0 1

details

Core i7 5960X  vs
6900K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 16
Manufacture process 22 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 4.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 4.29 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 4.3 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 131,072 MB
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