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

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POV-Ray 3.7

Processor Performance on Pov-Ray 3.7:

The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer was developed from DKBTrace 2.12 (written by David K. Buck and Aaron A. Collins) by a bunch of people (called the POV-Team) in their spare time. It is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The POV-Ray package includes detailed instructions on using the ray-tracer and creating scenes. Many stunning scenes are included with POV-Ray so you can start creating images immediately when you get the package. These scenes can be modified so you do not have to start from scratch. In addition to the pre-defined scenes, a large library of pre-defined shapes and materials is provided. You can include these shapes and materials in your own scenes by just including the library file name at the top of your scene file and by using the shape or material name in your scene. Since this is free software feel free to download this version and try it out on your own.

The most significant change from the end-user point of view between versions 3.6 and 3.7 is the addition of SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support, which, in a nutshell, allows the renderer to run on as many CPU’s as you have installed on your computer. This will be particularly useful for those users who intend on purchasing a dual-core CPU or who already have a two (or more) processor machine. On a two-CPU system the rendering speed in some scenes almost doubles. For our benchmarking we used version 3.7 RC5, which is the most recent version available. The benchmark used all available cores to their fullest extent to complete the render.

Pov-Ray 3.7 RC3

Once rendering on the object we selected was completed, we took the elapsed time from the dialog box, which indicates the exact time it took for the benchmark to finish the benchmark and a score in PPS. We are using the final CPU score for our benchmarks and a higher value indicates faster system performance.

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Benchmark Results: The Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor tops the chart when it comes to the POV-Ray multi-CPU benchmark with a score of 2698.6 PPS. The Intel Pentium G3258 comes in with a score of 588.5 PPS, so the 5960X is roughly 4.5 times faster than the stock Pentium G3258 20th Anniversary Pentium Edition processor. The only downside to that is that it costs $999 versus just $60 for the G3258!

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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.