Intel Reveals Core i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition, An 8-Core Processor Gaming Monster At PAX

Intel Core i7

Intel yesterday revealed its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named “Haswell-E,” targeted at enthusiasts, gamers and content creators who demand most from their PCs. It is the first processor supporting 16 computing threads and new DDR4 memory will enable some of the fastest desktop systems ever seen. The new enhanced Intel X99 Chipset and robust overclocking capabilities will allow enthusiasts to tune their systems for maximum performance.

  • The eight-core, 16-thread Intel® Core™ processor Extreme Edition is Intel’s first eight-core client processor.
  • This platform offers massive 16-thread performance and quad-channel memory for content creation, gaming and multitasking.
  • Combined with the new Intel® X99 Chipset, this is the first Intel desktop platform to support DDR4 memory.
  • Additional six-core unlocked enthusiast desktop SKUs also announced.

Read the full press release here.

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  • Makxi

    only for 9.999.999 euros and it’s a discount :D

  • EU citizen

    Gaming Monster ? … really ?

  • Socius

    This CPU is terrible for gaming…please don’t waste money on it. Due to the higher core count, it has higher power draw which means higher heat, which in turn means lower clock speeds. There are VERY few games in the market right now that benefit from multi-core cpu’s. That’s why intel’s quad-core cpu’s have always been better for gaming than their hexa-core models (4770k vs 4930k, 3770k vs 3930k).

    This CPU will allow you to score higher on Benchmarks…because “technically” it’s a faster overall CPU if the software is designed to take full advantage of it. But the problem is when it has lower per-core performance, and games today won’t use all its cores, it will end up underperforming. Even with overclocking, it will be within +/- 5% of a 4790k for gaming.

    If you do any other kind of work though, particular compute heavy tasks like encoding and compression…this CPU is far and away the best thing on the market. Definitely buy it for that reason. But take a pass when it comes to gaming.

    • jeremyg85

      Lots of new games can utilize more than 4 cores.. battlefield 4 for instance has utilization on all 8 threads of my cpu.. embrace the future. Heavy multithreading is taking place, both xb1 and ps4 have 8 cores, games will be made with 8 cores as the norm. On top of that this is a pc, dedicate cores or threads to twitch streaming or other tasks which is easy to do in task manager. And the platform give so many more pci e lanes.

      • Socius

        If you take a look at the gaming benchmarks for this CPU, you’ll see that I’m correct. Even in Battlefield 4 that you mention, the 5960x performs 3% better than the 4790k in terms of average fps but loses out to the 4790k in the minimum fps metric! When you bring Overclocking into the mix, the 5960x’s 3% average fps lead drops to just 1.8%. I’d argue that room to OC with the 4790k would be even higher, resulting in it taking the lead. Even my current 3770k beats out an OC’d 5960x for gaming. Although admittedly my chip is binned and runs at 5.2GHz.

        I should add as a note on multi-threaded gaming. It’s not as simple as “oh..well they weren’t multi-threaded because they didn’t need to be.” Game engines generally run off of a single thread, and delegate various tasks to different threads to lighten the load on the main thread. In this…it’s important to note that for gaming, you will never have a game that evenly distributes its workload across all cores.

        Also important to note…is that even if a game is designed to use 8 console cores, 4 pc cores with hyperthreading are more than sufficient to handle it. So if BF4 can utilize 8 threads, that’s what a current gen quad-core i7 has thanks to hyperthreading. Meaning the 5960x actually has 16 virtual cores, which no game is designed to use. 8 real cores is definitely superior to 8 virtual cores. But to distribute that properly to take advantage of it, you’d have to disable hyperthreading. Otherwise…as I mentioned…quad core is still king for gaming.

        Not to mention with DX12, CPU overhead will be greatly reduced meaning you’re going to run out of GPU power far sooner than you’ll be CPU limited. And if you’re actually serious about the Twitch comment…I’m concerned. Twitch broadcasting uses very little CPU using Nvidia Shadowplay to hardware encode the stream.

        In conclusion. If your sole intent is gaming…this CPU won’t give you the best gaming performance. If you do other compute heavy work…then yes this is a Godly CPU. As I mentioned in my original post.