Benchmark Reviews is hard at work evaluating this new CPU with an ASUS X99-DELUXE motherboard and 16GB of Corsair DDR4 memory, and we’ll have the results for you soon.
Given that the individual cores in the Intel Core i7-5960X processor should be virtually identical to those in the Core i7-4770K/4790K, I’m expecting per-clock performance to be the same, which means that in normal workloads, the much cheaper ($339.99 at Newegg) quad-core CPU should be substantially faster, given that its base clock is a full 33% higher.
Still, as the die shot above shows, 8 cores and 20 megabytes of cache are nothing to sneeze at, and like its Sandy Bridge Extreme and Ivy Bridge Extreme forebears, I expect the Haswell-E 5960X to provide stellar results in heavily threaded workloads.
Enthusiasts remember the disappointing overclocking results with recent Intel CPUs; although Intel never confirmed it, the reason seems to be the thermal compound used between the die and the heat spreader. Allegedly this has been improved with the Haswell-E (as well as the new 4790K) and we hope to be able to hit 4.5GHz with our Corsair H100i water cooler.
Check back soon for the full benchmark performance review of this new CPU!