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Desktop Performance: Intel® Core™ i7-5960x Processor

4th generation Intel® Core™ processor compared to an old PC

Eight (8): The new power number. It looks like an infinite loop, which is appropriate as that is the power you possess with the new Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition. With eight independent cores and 16 processing threads of unbelievable power at your disposal, you become the digital content creator or gamer you always wanted to be. You want burst speed performance for those jobs that require a bit more frequency? Intel® Turbo Boost Technology has that covered. But that little voice inside of you is saying you want even more? Let that voice know that with this new unlocked processor, you can tune cores, power, memory, or whatever else you need to tune to maximize your system performance for whatever you do.1

Intel® Core™ processor performance-related link

See how the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor-based desktop PC compares to the prior generation >

System Configurations

Latest generation: Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition (up to 3.50 GHz, 16T/8C, 20M cache)
On Gigabyte motherboard model #X99-SOC Force CF*, BIOS: F1o, Graphics: Radeon R9 290X* (driver v. Catalyst 14.4*), Memory: 16 GB (4x 4 GB) Micron DDR4-2133* 15-15-15-36, Disk: Intel® SSD SC2BW480A4K5 480 GB, OS: Windows* 8.1 Pro Build 9600, System Power Management Policy: AC/AlwaysON

Previous generation: Intel Core i7-4960X processor Extreme Edition (up to 4.00 GHz, 12T/6C, 15M cache)
On ASUS motherboard model P9X79PRO*, BIOS: 4701, Graphics: Radeon R9 290X (driver v. Catalyst 14.4), Memory: 16 GB (4x 4 GB) G.SKILL DDR3-1866 9-10-9-28*, Disk: Intel SSD SC2BW480A4K5 480 GB, OS: Windows 8.1 Pro Build 9600, System Power Management Policy: AC/AlwaysON

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Product and Performance Information


Warning: Altering clock frequency and/or voltage may: (i) reduce system stability and useful life of the system, processor, and other system components; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the processor beyond its specifications. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of other system components beyond their industry standard specifications. Intel assumes no responsibility that the processor and other system components, including if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose.


Measured using SPECint*_rate_base2006, a compute-intensive floating point benchmark sensitive to CPU, memory, and compiler settings.


Measured using CINEBENCH* R15 x-CPU, a platform test suite that evaluates compute-intensive PC performance by rendering a photorealistic 3-D scene. Find out more at


Measured using 3DMark* Fire Strike* Extreme preset Physics score, a 3-D graphics benchmark that measures gaming performance. Find out more at


Measured using Adobe Premier Pro* video editing—The input file sizes total 1.90 GB containing seven clips totaling 2 minute and 21 seconds of 4K H.264 MP4 footage recorded at a bitrate of approximately 80 Mbps. The video stream is 3840 x 2160 (4K) in H.264 format with a framerate of 29.97 fps. The audio stream is 1536 Kbps, 48.0 KHz, 16 bit stereo in WAV format. The performance test measures the time to export the entire clip to a 4K H.264 MP4 format. The output is a high-quality 4K video file.


Convert video with HandBrake* 0.9.9—an approximately 6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24 fps, H.264, .mov video file transcoded to an approximately 564 MB, 1920 x 856, 6440 kbps, 24 fps, H.264, .m4v video file.


Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to