Intel Core i7-4960X
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Series||Intel Core i7 (Desktop)|
|Clock Rate||3600 - 4000 MHz|
|Level 1 Cache||384 KB|
|Level 2 Cache||1.5 MB|
|Level 3 Cache||15 MB|
|Number of Cores / Threads||6 / 12|
|Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)||130 Watt|
|Transistor Count||1860 Million|
|Manufacturing Technology||22 nm|
|Die Size||257 mm2|
|Max. Temperature||66.8 °C|
|Features||Quad-Channel DDR3-1866 Memory Controller, Hyper-Threading, AES, Enhanced Speedstep, SSE1-4.2, AVX|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
|Starting Price||$999 U.S.|
|Product Link (external)||Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X|