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INTEL i7-5960X “Haswell-E” HEDT Processor Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Setup and Testing Methodology
  3. Compression Benchmark
  4. Futuremark Benchmarks
  5. Processing Benchmarks
  6. Encoding Benchmarks
  7. Encryption Benchmarks
  8. AIDA64 CPU Benchmarks
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links
  11. View All

Intel released three new Extreme Edition processors with Haswell-E architecture along with X99 Chipset- i7-5820K, i7-5930K and the i7 5960X. The newer Extreme Edition processors have come a long way, with 8-core implementation over 6 core variants such as the i7-4960X. Along with Haswell-E, came with Intel X99, LGA 2011-3 socket and the era of DDR4 has started.

Haswell-E presentation

The eight-core flagship piece of meat called the i7-5960X has a base clock of 3.0GHz armed with 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes with the MSRP of $1059 at the time of launch. The base model SKU for the Haswell-E, the i7-5820K- is a six-core processor with DDR4 233MHz support. But it has a reduction of PCIe 3.0 lanes of 28. i7-5930K is a 6 core processor, with a base clock of 3.5GHz. The TDP is 140W with a box price of $594 at the time of launch. This and the 5960X have 40x PCIe 3.0 lanes.

Note that with X99 chipset motherboards, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes will provide 16x/16x/x8 support for triple GPU card setup or x8/x8/x8/x8 for quad-GPU setup. For 28-lane Haswell-E processors, x16/x8/x4 is the max you get. X79 platform had 40-only support.

On paper, Intel X99 provides 10x SATA 6Gbps support but a recent news pointed out that 6 gets recognized for RAID operations by Intel RST drivers, while rest from the AHCI drivers. As of now, you get up to 10x SATA ports but one may wonder if motherboard manufacturers may scale it down to six.

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The LGA-2011-3 socket has certain physical differences that will make the older LGA-2011 HEDT processors physically incompatible. The socket arms and the pin layouts are two main changes between the two.

The base frequency for DDR4 starts from 2133MHz CL15 to up to 3200MHz CL16. The chipset supports up to 64GB memory setup, and also probably would provide an update for DDR4 UDIMMs as well. DDR4 carries 1.2v standard in comparison to 1.5v spec on DDR3. TDP of the flagship is at 140w. If you compare it with AMD’s flagship FX-9590 comes at a 220w. Yikes!

Essentials

Status

Launched

Launch Date

Q3’14

Processor Number

i7-5960X

i7-5930K

i7-5820K

Intel® Smart Cache

20 MB

15 MB

15 MB

Intel® QPI Speed

0 GT/s

# of QPI Links

0

Instruction Set

64-bit

Instruction Set Extensions

SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES

Embedded Options Available

No

Lithography

22 nm

Scalability

1S Only

Recommended Customer Price

BOX : $1059.00 TRAY: $999.00

BOX : $594.00
TRAY: $583.00

BOX : $396.00
TRAY: $389.00

Conflict Free

Yes

Performance

# of Cores

8

6

6

# of Threads

16

12

12

Processor Base Frequency

3 GHz

3..5GHz

3.3GHz

Max Turbo Frequency

3.5 GHz

3.7GHz

3.6GHz

TDP

140 W

Memory Specifications

Max Memory Size

64 GB

Memory Types

DDR4-1333/1600/2133

# of Memory Channels

4

Max Memory Bandwidth

68 GB/s

ECC Memory Supported

No

Graphics Specifications

Processor Graphics

None

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision

3.0

Max # of PCI Express Lanes

40

28

Package Specifications

Max CPU Configuration

1

TCASE

66.8

Package Size

52.5mm x 45.0mm

Sockets Supported

LGA2011-v3

Advanced Technologies

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

2.0

Intel® vPro Technology

No

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

Yes

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)

Yes

Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

Yes

Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables

Yes

Intel® 64

Yes

Idle States

Yes

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology

Yes

Intel® Demand Based Switching

No

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

Yes

Intel® Identity Protection Technology

Yes

Intel® Smart Response Technology

Yes

Intel® Data Protection Technology

AES New Instructions

Yes

Intel® Platform Protection Technology

Trusted Execution Technology

No

Execute Disable Bit

Yes

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