Intel Core i7-2600K vs Intel Core i7-5960X

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i7-2600K CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-5960X
Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-5960X
Intel Core i7 Family Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition
Intel Core i 2000 CPU group Intel Core i 5000X
2 Generation 5
Sandy Bridge S Architecture Haswell E
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

4 Cores 8
8 Threads 16
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? Yes
3.40 GHz Frequency 3.00 GHz
3.80 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.50 GHz
3.80 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.20 GHz

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU no iGPU
0.85 GHz GPU frequency
1.35 GHz GPU (Turbo)
6 GPU Generation
32 nm Technology
2 Max. displays
12 Execution units
96 Shader
Max. GPU Memory
10.1 DirectX Version

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC No
Decode Codec VC-1 No
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 Memory DDR4-2133
32 GB Max. Memory
2 Memory channels 4
21.0 GB/s Bandwidth --
No ECC No
1.00 MB L2 Cache
8.00 MB L3 Cache 20.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 40

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

95 W TDP (PL1) 140 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

32 nm Technology 22 nm
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 2011-3
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q1/2011 Release date Q3/2014
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Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
263 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
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Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1865 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
808 (81%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
1002 (100%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
3098 (40%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
7843 (100%)
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CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
365 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
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CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1690 (43%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
3944 (100%)
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iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.35 GHz
259 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
--
0 (0%)
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Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
8495 (53%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
15991 (100%)
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Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
741.6 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
254.1 (34%)
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V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark

V-Ray is a 3D rendering software from the manufacturer Chaos for designers and artists. Unlike many other render engines, V-Ray is capable of so-called hybrid rendering, in which the CPU and GPU work together at the same time.

However, the CPU benchmark we used (CPU Render Mode) only uses the system's processor. The working memory used plays a major role in the V-Ray benchmark. For our benchmarks we use the fastest RAM standard approved by the manufacturer (without overclocking).

Due to the high compatibility of V-Ray (including Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Unreal Engine and Blender), it is a frequently used software. With V-Ray, for example, photorealistic images can be rendered that laypeople cannot distinguish from normal photos.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
2156 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
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Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
128 (72%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
177 (100%)
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Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
612 (45%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
1360 (100%)
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Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 3 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
3193 (85%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
3773 (100%)
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Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 3 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
12496 (43%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
28928 (100%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1.66 (88%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
1.89 (100%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
6.83 (52%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
13.18 (100%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (iGPU, OpenGL)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The iGPU test uses the CPU internal graphic unit to execute OpenGL commands.

Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
22.5 (100%)
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
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