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Intel Core i7 5960X

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Front view of Intel Core i7 5960X

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly more l3 cache 20 MB vs 6 MB More than 3.2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 15,994 vs 8,239 Around 95% better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 16 vs 8 Twice as many threads
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core More than 65% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per dollar 0.99 pt/$ vs 0.74 pt/$ Around 35% better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better performance per watt 7.19 pt/W vs 5.93 pt/W More than 20% better performance per watt
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Intel Core i7 5700EQ

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Much lower typical power consumption 38.19W vs 113.75W 3x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much lower annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year vs 33.73 $/year 3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year vs 122.64 $/year 3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Apr, 2015 vs Jul, 2014 Release date 9 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5960X vs 5700EQ

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5960X  vs
5700EQ 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Octa core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 140W 47W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year 11.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year 41.17 $/year
Performance per watt 7.19 pt/W 5.93 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.75W 38.19W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 0 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 5960X  vs
5700EQ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 8
L3 cache 20 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.47 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz 2.6 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 5600
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 300 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,000 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 32,768 MB
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