Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core Haswell-E Processor Review

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3DMark 2013

Futuremark 3DMark Tests

Futuremark 3DMark has three primary benchmark tests that you can run and which test you should be running depends on the system that you are benchmarking on.

  • Ice Storm – For mobile devices and entry-level PCs
  • Cloud Gate – For notebooks and home PCs
  • Fire Strike Extreme – For extreme gaming PCs (extreme mode for those with multiple GPUs)

Let’s take a closer look at the 3DMark Cloud Gate results and specifically the Physics test results.

Intel Core i7-920:

920-3dmark

Intel Core i7-4960X:

4960-3dmark

Intel Core i7-5960X:

5960-3dmark

Benchmark Results: The latest NVIDIA GeForce 334.79 beta drivers aren’t approved by Futuremark, but they are the latest and we used them on the GeForce GTX Titan video card for each platform.  The graphics score was very close on the Core i7-4960X and the Core i7-5960X, but the Core i7-5960X managed to edge out a slight victory thanks to the higher physics score.  The Core i7-5960X managed to get 12,153 in the physics test compared to just 9,924 on the 4960X and 4,976 on the Core i7-920.

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  • Price of DDR4 is bad I bought 32 GB will wait on the other half .

  • I ordered a i7 5930k for my Haswell-E Build, hopefully it arrives by this weekend but for me I just cant justify the cost of the 5960X. 2011-V3 socket will have plenty of new chips coming out during its life span so I expect to see 8-core chips fall to the $400 range in the next year or two. I’m happy with my 2500k but just have the itch to upgrade and would like to to run crossfire 290s now that they can be had for $250 and my current motherboard is PCI-E 2.0 and will run then 8x 8x, plus I could use the extra encoding speed of the new Haswell-E chip. Anyways I’m excited!! great review as always!

    • Korcher

      Sorry pal, I’m from the future and I have to tell you, your assumption is wrong. Looking at the price of the i7 6900k Octa-Core makes me laugh when I read your comment. Its about 1,100$ right now. I don’t think Octa-Cores will drop below anywhere near 400$ or 500$ within the next 5-6 years.

  • Egb

    Do you know if PSU Corsair AX850 can handle 5960X at 4.4-4.6Ghz?

    • yeah, it sure can

    • A friend had one overclocked at 4.4GHz with a 780ti overclocked to I think 1120mhz, and he was drawing about 550 watts at full load.

  • Terry Perry

    Next year Q4 the regular Chips will be out and run DDR4 on new M.B, by then the Ram should come down in Price. No time date only rumor that a 3.5 6 core for 350$ will be the high end. I’ll wait.

  • Jonathan

    You’ve got remnants from G3258 pages in the Overclocking section and likely elsewhere, but that’s the only page I read.