Intel Core i7-4960X

Intel 4960X

The Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition is a high-end desktop processor for the Ivy Bridge-E platform. The CPU is manufactured in a 22 nanometer process and offers 6 cores (including Hyper-Threading), which are clocked at 3.6 GHz. Depending on the load, Turbo Boost 2.0 can increase the clock rate up to 3.7 GHz (6 active cores), 3.8 GHz (4 or 5 cores), 3.9 GHz (2 or 3 cores) or 4.0 GHz (1 core loaded). As a so-called Extreme Edition, the 4960X features an unlocked multiplier and can be overclocked very easy. However, the CPU lacks an integrated GPU.

Architecture

Although previously presented mid-range models are already based on the newer Haswell architecture, the high-end LGA2011 platform still uses the older Ivy Bridge design. Compared to Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge is about 5 percent faster per clock, but 5 - 10 percent slower than Haswell. Due to the 22-nanometer process, Ivy Bridge is much more energy efficient than its predecessor, which allows higher clock rates as well as a slightly reduced power consumption.

Performance

The performance of the Core i7-4960X is about 5 - 10 percent above the old Core i7-3960X, which makes the CPU the fastest desktop processor of 2013. If all 6 cores are busy, the 4960X beats the i7-4770K (desktop) and i7-4930MX (notebook) by 40 to 50 percent. Even the most demanding applications or excessive multitasking will be handled easily.

Power Consumption

The Core i7-4960X is rated at a very high TDP of 130 watts. Therefore, the CPU can only be used in desktop systems or very large DTR notebooks.

SeriesIntel Core i7 (Desktop)
CodenameIvy Bridge-E
Clock Rate3600 - 4000 MHz
Level 1 Cache384 KB
Level 2 Cache1536 KB
Level 3 Cache15360 KB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 12
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)130 Watt
Transistor Count1860 Million
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Die Size257 mm2
Max. Temperature66.8 °C
SocketFCLGA2011
FeaturesQuad-Channel DDR3-1866 Memory Controller, Hyper-Threading, AES, Enhanced Speedstep, SSE1-4.2, AVX
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $999 U.S.
Announcement Date09/03/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X

CPU Benchmarks

wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 134.715     avg: 134.7 (99.94%)     max: 134.715 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 4.557     avg: 4.6 (100%)     max: 4.557 seconds*
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 11.23     avg: 11.2 (63.35%)     max: 11.23 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 35523     avg: 35523 (100%)     max: 35523 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 9.26     avg: 9.3 (99.94%)     max: 9.26 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 508.142     avg: 508.1 (97.8%)     max: 508.142 Seconds*
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M in comparison
AMD Kaveri A8-7100 (min)
64.8 
...
AMD Kaveri A8-7100
64.8 
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4770K
500 
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X
508.1 
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3770K
515.8 
Intel Core i7 4930MX
517.8 
Intel Core i7 3940XM
525.5 
...
VIA C3-M C3-M-1200 (max)
22514 

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i7 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X
   3.6 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3960X
   3.3 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4770K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 990X EE
   3.47 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 980X EE
   3.33 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3770K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2700K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2600K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 975
   3.33 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 960
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 950
   3.06 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 940
   2.93 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920
   2.66 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2697 v2
   2.7 GHz / 3 MB + 30 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X
   3.6 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
+ Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2680
   2.7 GHz / 2048 KB + 20480 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3960X
   3.3 GHz / 1536 KB + 15360 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4770K
   3.5 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4940MX
   3.1 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 990X EE
   3.47 GHz / 1536 KB + 12288 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-11- 4)