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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

3DMark 8

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0

 

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Sleeping Dogs

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update

 

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When it came to gaming performance, I really thought that our high-end CPUs would all pretty much be even. Looking above, though, you can see that the new high-end i7 5960X EE manages to pull slightly ahead in all tests, except the high resolution 3DMark 8 test, where we see no real change.

 

Under 3DMark you can see overclocking adds a little bit of positive movement, but overall not too much. Sleeping Dogs on the other hands sees some great gains at the lower resolution, where less focus is put on the GPU, and more on the CPU itself.

 

 

Power Consumption Tests

 

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Power draw on the system is strong, and slightly better than we thought it would be at first. At both idle and load, the new Intel CPU sits towards the middle of the pack, when it comes to testing the default clock speed.

 

With overclocking, the idle doesn't change much, but the load jumps up, as you'd expect. At 433 watts, though, the number is quite impressive, considering the amount of power on offer from this awesome setup.

 

 

Temperature Tests

 

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Taking a look at the temperature out of the box, the new i7 5960X EE pretty much lines up with the previous generation EE CPU in both the idle and load departments. While the i7 4790K also sits in line with these two processors, when it comes to idle temperature, you can see the load number sits much higher. Temperature numbers from the setup are really quite amazing.

 

Overclocked, you can see above, we're only seeing a load temp of 59c, which is lower than the i7 4790K when it's at stock. We also know when overclocking, hitting 90c isn't rare on that processor.

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