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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 Cache1.5 MB
Level 3 Cache15 MB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 12
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
Starting Price$999 U.S.
Announcement Date09/03/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 11.2     avg: 11.2     median: 11.2 (26%)     max: 11.23 Points
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
508 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 39292     avg: 39504     median: 39503.5 (55%)     max: 39715 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Other CPUs of the series Core i7 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i7-6950X
   10x 3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5960X
   8x 3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4960X
   6x 3.6 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6700K
   4x 4 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3960X
   6x 3.3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4790K
   4x 4 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6700
   4x 3.4 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4790
   4x 3.6 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5775C
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4770K
   4x 3.5 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4790S
   4x 3.2 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-990X EE
   6x 3.47 GHz - 3.73 GHz
» Intel Core i7-980X EE
   6x 3.33 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3770K
   4x 3.5 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4790T
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6700T
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2700K
   4x 3.5 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2600K
   4x 3.4 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-975
   4x 3.33 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-960
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.47 GHz
» Intel Core i7-950
   4x 3.06 GHz - 3.33 GHz
» Intel Core i7-940
   4x 2.93 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-920
   4x 2.66 GHz - 2.93 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-5960X
   8x 3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700
   8x 3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
   6x 3.6 GHz - 4.2 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 5 2600
   6x 3.4 GHz - 3.9 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-8500T
   6x 2.1 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4960X
   6x 3.6 GHz - 4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-7700
   4x 3.6 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- Intel Core i7-6700K
   4x 4 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- Intel Xeon E5-2680
   8x 2.7 GHz - 3.5 GHz
- Intel Core i7-3960X
   6x 3.3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
- Intel Core i7-4790K
   4x 4 GHz - 4.4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-11- 4)