Intel Core i7-6900K vs Intel Core i7-5960X

Compare Intel Core X-series 8 core CPU vs Intel Core X-series 8 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

66 %
4% slightly better overall score
63 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

60 %
74 %
23% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

68 %
15% slightly better multitasking score
59 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

70 %
20% slightly better heavy workload score
58 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

7,609
4% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
7,296

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

978
7% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
910

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

8
Identical
8

Threads

Number of logical processing units

16
Identical
16

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
6% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
5% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

140 W
Identical
140 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

40
Identical
40

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

4
Identical
4

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory
64 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

187th of 1,337
224th of 1,337

Family

The product line

Core X-series
Core X-series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2016
August 2014

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4-2400
DDR4-1600

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

No
-

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i7-6900K vs Core i7-5960X benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-6900K beats the Core i7-5960X in overall performance. Despite this, the Core i7-5960X has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores and the same number of threads. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-6900K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-5960X. Also, the Core i7-6900K has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i7-6900K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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