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Intel Core i7 5960X EE (Haswell-E) CPU and X99 Chipset Review

By: Shawn Baker | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 29, 2014 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

PassMark PerformanceTest

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 8

 

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PassMark performance is quite interesting. Looking above, you can see the new Intel Core i7 5960X EE sits with the i7 4960X EE and falls behind the i7 4790K. While RAM and 3D performance sit quite close to each other, you can see the Extreme Edition CPUs clearly benefit when it comes to the CPU testing side of things.

 

The i7 4960X EE shows a clear lead over the i7 4790K, while the i7 5960X EE jumps even further head, and really by quite a decent margin. When it comes to overclocking, you can see that the i7 5960X EE at 4.4GHz helps close the gap between the overall score - but it still remains slightly below the i7 4790K.

 

 

CINEBENCH R15

 

Version and / or Patch Used: R15

 

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CINEBENCH performance is again quite interesting. In the OpenGL portion of the test, you can see that the i7 4790K and i7 5960X EE perform quite closely to each other, with the latter actually falling behind. As soon as we shift the focus onto the CPU side again, though, you can see the new i7 5960X EE jumps ahead of both setups with the gain being around 35% when compared to the i7 5960X EE, and even further when compared to the i7 4790K.

 

As you can see when we crank the clock speed of the i7 5960X EE to 4.4GHz, performance goes through the roof again. You can see we're at almost double the performance of the stock i7 4790K, and really not that far off double when it comes to the i7 4960X EE.

 

 

Adobe Lightroom

 

Version and / or Patch Used: v5.6

 

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Looking at Lightroom performance, you can see that the i7 4790K manages to beat out the older i7 4960X EE by a small margin. Jump forward to today, though, and you can see the new Extreme Edition i7 5960X EE manages to come out ahead.

 

When we throw overclocking into the mix, though, we see a massive jump in performance of over 20%, and thanks to that, you can see it manages to jump ahead of everything else once again. Overclocking is clearly a big deal for the 5960X EE.

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