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Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E CPU Review

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E CPU Review


Pros                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Editors_Choice_T

  • Fastest CPU on the Market
  • New X99 Platform
  • Extreme Overclocking Potential


  • Price to Performance Ratio
  • Current price of DDR4




The 8-Core King of Performance

If you wanted to buy an 8-Core CPU you had to fork over thousands on an Intel Xeon server grade CPU or buy an outclassed AMD processor. In September, Intel unleashed its first ever consumer grade 8-Core CPU with never before seen DDR4 and the long awaited enthusiast chipset, X99. With a jaw dropping 8-Cores, 16 threads, 3.0GHz clock, 20MB of Cache, and 22nm architecture, the 5960X offers some devastating specs on paper. The over the top performance offered by this processor is not for everyone, if you want to buy the “Extreme”  version of the Haswell variant you better be in the need for some extreme computing power.

Move Over Ivy Bridge- E                  

Intel released this CPU to take over the previous generation of extreme processors and reign as king to all the Haswell CPUs. Previously, old extreme chipsets lacked native USB 3.0 and only had 2 native 6 Gbps ports which brought the question, why are high end processors ending up on outdated chipsets? The 5960X revolutionizes all that, many changes were introduced with this generation, namely DDR4 and a new X99 chipset which is not compatible with previous “X” variant processors.

Too Much Too Handle

Model Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5930K Intel Core i7-5820K Intel Core i7-4960X
Platform Haswell-E Haswell-E Haswell-E Ivy Bridge-E
Process 22nm 22nm 22nm 22nm
Cores/Threads 8/16 6/12 6/12 6/12
Cache 20 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3
Core Clock 3.0/3.3 GHz 3.5/3.9-4.0 GHz 3.3/3.6-3.8 GHz 3.6/4.0 GHz
Socket LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011
TDP 140W 140W 140W 130W
Memory DDR4-2133 MHz DDR4-2133 MHz DDR4-2133 MHz DDR3-1600 MHz
Chipset X99 X99 X99 X79

Who would get this or any of the other extreme variants? Simply, Enthusiasts or Developers. You either want the best of the best and are willing to pay the premium or you are looking for insane computing power to handle heavy task. If you are one who is simply excited for the X99 chipset but don’t want to sell your kidney, Intel has introduced other lesser specced variants of the 5960X, namely the i7-5930K and the i7-5820k.

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