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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
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
Starting Price$999 U.S.
Announcement Date09/03/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points (74%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 11.2     avg: 11.2     median: 11.2 (47%)     max: 11.23 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
35523 Points (87%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
134.7 seconds (2%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
4.6 seconds (1%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.3 Seconds (2%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 39292     avg: 39503.5     median: 39503.5 (72%)     max: 39715 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
11992 points (73%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i7 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 6950X
   3 GHz / 2.5 MB + 25 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 7740X
   4.3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 7700K
   4.2 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 5960X
   3 GHz / 2 MB + 20 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X
   3.6 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 7700
   3.6 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 6700K
   4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3960X
   3.3 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4790K
   4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 6700
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4790
   3.6 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 5775C
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4770K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4790S
   3.2 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) 6700T
   2.8 GHz / 1 MB + 6 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) 7740X
   4.3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 7700K
   4.2 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 5960X
   3 GHz / 2 MB + 20 MB
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700
   3 GHz / 4 MB + 16 MB
» Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 4960X
   3.6 GHz / 1.5 MB + 15 MB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 7700
   3.6 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 6700K
   4 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ 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) 4790K
   4 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-11- 4)