CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5960X vs 5930K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

Fire Strike

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 5930K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 5930K  based on its value.

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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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Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz vs 4.44 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.78 GHz vs 4.44 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per dollar 4.79 pt/$ vs 1.05 pt/$ More than 4.5x better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5960X vs 5930K

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 5960X
10.69 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 5930K
-1 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5960X  vs
5930K 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Octa core Hexa 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 7.16 pt/W 11.33 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.75W 113.75W

bus

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 0 MT/s 0 MT/s
Clock speed 0 MHz 0 MHz

details

Core i7 5960X  vs
5930K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 16 12
L3 cache 20 MB 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.44 GHz 4.78 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.6 GHz 4.44 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 8,243.2 7,634.4
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.44 GHz 4.78 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
Memory type
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 65,536 MB
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Comments

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Hmm :D
Can't wait to pop my 5930k in
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