Intel next-generation Haswell -E Processors are equipped will some new features, increase the number of cores to Eight cores, but a lower frequency in single-threaded applications even make it looser in against of Intel Haswell architecture processors. Fortunately, the former in support of DDR4 memory and up to 40 lines PCI-E 3.0 channel, since compared to only support DDR3, 16 channel PCI-E 3.0 of Haswell, at least seems to still have an advantage, not a bad deal through.

Intel Core i7 5960X Crossfire performance tested : Scaling isn’t very significant, 4 cards are yet to be optimized


German website gives a try to Intel Haswell-E Core i7 5960X, tested multiple graphics cards in Crossfire and compared those results with the Core i7 4960X. Both Processors are best in terms of features and Performance but still consumer wants something which is good VFM (Value for Money). Core i7 4960X only supports up to 2×16, x16 * 1 + x8 * 2 or x8 * 4 mode, while the protagonist Core i7-5960X can support up to x16 * 2 + x8 * (within x8 * 5 ​​is not multi-card Crossfire account) or x16 * 1 + x8 * 3 mode, supports higher bandwidth of 4 cards CrossFire / SLI.

The two testing machine they use are equipped with :

  • Core i7-5960X, Gigabyte X99-UD7 WiFi motherboard and Corsair 16GB DDR4-2133 (timing 16-18-18-36)
  • Core i7-4960X, ASUS P9X79 Pro, 16GB DDR3-1866 (11-11-11-32)
  • Rest for both the Samsung 840 EVO 240GB, 4 x Gigabyte R9 290X Graphic cards are doing the job.
  • Both systems used Windows 8. 1 64bit and AMD Driver version AMD Catalyst 14.7.

In addition, these two processors were running at their based frequencies and little Overclocking frequencies as well, Core i7-5960X overclocked to 4.3GHz and Core i7-4960X overclocked to 4.5GHz, the test is carried out at these frequencies.

From the test results, we see that the Eight-core Core i7 5960X performance in most games and the six-core Core i7-4960X both outcomes of each other, in some games i7 4960X take the lead and in some games Core i7 5960X. Because in addition to reason about it, some games are also not optimized for multi-core processors, mainly former lower frequencies.

Multi-card Crossfire, the performance of the new platform has not improved significantly, but still rely on the optimization of the four card game, “Battlefield 4″ non-Mantle, ” Crysis 3 “and” Tomb Raider” are effective, but improve to a lesser extent, other test game even better than the case of two cards.

Well, take a look at those benchmarks on 1080p and on 4k resolution.

1080p Results: 

Battlefield (1080P)

Core i7 5960X vs Core i7 4960X battlefield 4

COD: Ghosts (1080P)

Core i7 5960X vs Core i7 4960X COD: Ghost

Watch Dogs (1080P)

Core i7 5960X vs Core i7 4960X Watch Dogs 1080p

4K Results:

Battlefield 4 (4K)

Core i7 5960X vs Core i7 4960X battlefield 4


COD: Ghosts (4K)


Core i7 5960X vs Core i7 4960X COD: Ghosts


Watch Dogs (4K)

Core i7 5960X vs Core i7 4960X Watch Dogs

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