Intel Core i7-5960X

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Intel Core I7-5960X Review

The Intel Core i7-5960X is a powerful beast that goes beyond providing the average CPU’s power. It actually outdoes any CPUs available on the market today and possibly exceeds any PC’s expectations today. It excellently performs when it comes to multi threading, boasts an 8 core over clocking and has an impressively cool running. On the flipside, it doesn’t show any real gaming boost and its price is, as we could expect, still above the average. Is it worth it though?



The Intel Core i7-5960X is the first ever 8-core processor to be offered to the public by Intel. Although it’s possible to get the pricier octocore Xeon to fix your old PC, this is the real deal and as you would expect, it’s on its own league. You will be expecting this beast to offer exceptional performance and literally take your high end PC into a whole new level. Although the Intel Core i7-5960X isn’t what the gamers association was hoping for, it‘s still a valuable addition to your PC. Right now, we may be looking at the i7-5820K as the best gaming CPU ever. However, in terms of price, the i7-5960X automatically becomes the better option. The only Intel chip that we would think of outdoing the i7-5960X that comes with 8 cores is the Xeon which again costs double the price of the Intel Core i7-5960X. So, if you could use an extra 16 thread, then this beast is surely worth every single cent.



Expert tests have proved that the i7-5960X’s performance isn’t just a marketing gimmick. Here’s where it excels .The ability to multithread makes it a favorite so far and the best thing is that it’s cool-running as well. This means with simple over clocking, you can get the best clock speeds ever. This X99 platform also gives the public a taste of newly introduced DDR4 memory technology. It has been there but on the server side where some experts believe is better suited. However, the high performance and low per kits witnessed as just mind-blowing.



Nothing is perfect in this world and so we do expect some shortcomings with the i7-5960X as well. The very first one goes straight to the pricing department. Some experts believe that it’s overpriced even though it comes with better performance. Hopefully, they will tweak the pricing in the near future. It’s also evident that the highly hyped multi threading performance does nothing to improve on the overall experience during gaming. Fair to say, Intel have nothing to answer for that, it all falls into the hands of the developers. So is it worth buying the i7-5960X?



This is a very quick processor that you would bet your money on when it comes to energy saving. However, its way beyond many people’s financial ability but it’s really good to see progress in the technology world. Let’s hope that with time, the guys at Intel will tweak the pricing a bit and try to fix the minor flaws mentioned. Other than this it’s something any ardent gamer would dream of having today.

  • The Good :
    Multi threading performance, Cool running
  • The Bad :
    Very expensive
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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  • The Intel Core i7-5960X is manufactured by Intel and was added in December 2014 in the Processors section
  • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5

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