Intel Core i7-5960X

23 Reasons why Intel Core i7-5960X is better

than the average

1.Appreciably faster CPU clock speed
8 x 3GHzvs 4.7 x 2.3GHz (the average)
vs 8 x 8GHz (best: AMD Opteron 6220)
2.Significantly higher ram speed
2133MHzvs 1416MHz (the average)
vs 2873MHz (best: Samsung Exynos 7420)
It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
3.Significantly more CPU threads
16vs 7 (the average)
vs 48 (best: Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4)
More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
4.Significantly smaller semiconductor size
22nmvs 28nm (the average)
vs 10nm (best: MediaTek Helio X30)
A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.
5.Bigger L2 cache
2MBvs 2MB (the average)
vs 16MB (best: AMD Opteron 6380)
A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
6.Substantially higher PassMark result
16059vs 5515 (the average)
vs 17470 (best: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084)
This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.
7.Considerably more memory bandwidth
68GB/svs 31GB/s (the average)
vs 192.2GB/s (best: Intel Xeon E5504)
This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.
8.Way higher turbo clock speed
3.5GHzvs 3.3GHz (the average)
vs 5GHz (best: AMD FX-9590)
When the CPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.
9.Uses hyperthreading technology
Yesvs No (59% don't have it)
Many of Intel's processors use hyperthreading, which means that each core of the processor can work on two threads at once instead of most processors which work on a single thread per core. This means you can have significant performance gains in certain applications.
10.Notably more transistors
2600 millionvs 1458 million (the average)
vs 7100 million (best: Nvidia Tegra K1 (64-bit))
A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.
11.Has Tri-Gate transistors
Yesvs No (70% don't have it)
An advanced transistor technology developed by Intel that allows lower power consumption and higher speeds.
12.Considerably bigger L3 cache
20MBvs 10MB (the average)
vs 60MB (best: Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4)
A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
13.Distinctly more memory channels
4vs 2 (the average)
vs 4 (best: Intel Core i7-3960X)
More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
14.Clearly more L3 cache per core
2.5MB/corevs 1.8MB/core (the average)
vs 15MB/core (best: Intel Xeon E7-8893 v4)
More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
15.Distinctly higher PassMark result (single)
1994vs 1444 (the average)
vs 2546 (best: Intel Core i7-4790K)
This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.
16.Notably newer version of PCI Express (PCIe)
3vs 3 (the average)
vs 3 (best: Intel Core i7-4770K)
PCI Express (PCIe) is a high speed expansion card standard, that connects the computer to it's peripherals. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.
17.Noticeably newer version of OpenGL
4vs 4 (the average)
vs 4.5 (best: AMD A10-7860K)
OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
18.Substantially higher PassMark result (overclocked)
18948vs 7138 (the average)
vs 18948 (best: Intel Core i7-5960X)
This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU whilst it is overclocked.
19.Has FMA3
Yesvs No (80% don't have it)
FMA3 is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.
20.Has RdRand
Yesvs No (75% don't have it)
RdRand is an instruction set used for cryptography.
21.Has F16C
Yesvs No (65% don't have it)
F16C is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.
22.Significantly higher clock multiplier
30vs 24 (the average)
vs 47 (best: Intel Core i7-4870HQ)
The clock multiplier controls the speed of the CPU.
23.A shade higher SSE version
4.2vs 4.1 (the average)
vs 4.2 (best: Intel Core i7-4770K)
SSE is used to speed up multimedia tasks such as editing an image or adjusting audio volume. Each new version contains new instructions and improvements.
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