Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Review – What Has Become The Industry’s Best


In our Photoshop CC test, we employ the Radial Blur Test for measuring CPU performance. It works by applying a complex Radial Blur filter to a high-resolution image (4500 x 3000), and measuring the time it takes to finish the task. It is worth noting that we perform these with GPU acceleration turned off within the application.

Performance is measured in seconds, lower is better.


As we can see overclocking helps quite a bit. Photoshop is a fairly linear application and thus performance scales with core frequency, as expected.


7-Zip is an open-source file archiving program. We use the program’s built-in benchmark utility to measure our CPU’s performance in both compressing and decompressing files. We test with a dictionary size of 32MB and all 16 threads. Results are displayed in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), higher is better.



7-Zip is a heavily threaded application and thus we see huge performance from all of our configurations, but still significantly more while overclocked, proving once again that no matter what the core count, core frequency will always come into play.


WinRAR is easily the most well-known file archiving program. In our test we use the application’s built-in benchmark utility in order to determine CPU performance. Performance is measured in KB/s (kilobytes per second), higher is better.


WinRAR isn’t the most heavily-threaded application but it still takes advantage of multiples cores, enough so that our overclocked results while better, aren’t hugely different.

Ever since the first dual-core desktop CPUs started rolling out in 2005, the race to bring more computing cores to desktop processors has been on. Now, nearly a decade later, Intel has pushed ahead further than ever before with the release of the Core i7 5960X, their first ever consumer socketed eight-core CPU. While, this isn't the first time we've seen a consumer grade eight-core CPU (AMD has been making them since 2012), this is first one with Intel's Hyper-Threading technology which allows for 16 multiple threads per core that should increase overall performance in multi-threaded tasks greatly. Today, we're very…

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With the Core i7 5960X, Intel has beat their only competition in a market they dominate; themselves. It is easily the fastest desktop consumer processor on the market today.

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