Core i7-5960X vs. Core i7-5930K - Content Creation performance analysis
Category : Content Creation
Published by Marc Büchel on 18.12.15
There is a variety of customer groups, which demand as much power as possible from their computers in order to accelerate processes in order to become more efficient and in the end increase revenue or add additional value to their projects. Especially in the field of content creation, which includes editing pictures and videos or even rendering a complex scenery with beautiful effects, will benefit largely from fast processors as well as a powerful underlying system architecture. With this series of articles we're going to compare two processors with every single article. The CPUs tested are being run at stock clocks as well as overclocked and apart from that we will also vary the memory frequency. It is our goal to show in depth which CPU is how much faster or slower than another one.




Motherboard
  • ASUS Rampage V Extreme
CPU
  • Intel Core i7-5960X @ Default
  • Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz
  • Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000
  • Intel Core i7-5930K @ Default
  • Intel Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz
  • Intel Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000
Memory
  • G.Skill Ripjaws F4-3000C15Q Quad Channel 4x4GB
Graphics Cards
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 980
Drivers
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 359.06
OS
  • Windows 10 x64
System Drive
PSU
  • Seasonic Platinum SS-1000XP / 1000 Watts


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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Sysmark

Overall

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 1'794 104.61%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 2'144 125.01%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 2'184 127.35%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 1'715 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 1'978 115.34%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 2'020 117.78%

Office Productivity

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 1'488 101.02%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 1'701 115.48%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 1'720 116.77%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 1'473 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 1'685 114.39%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 1'716 116.50%

Media Creation

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 2'381 103.30%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 2'900 125.81%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 2'924 126.85%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 2'305 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 2'603 112.93%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 2'661 115.44%

Data

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 1'671 104.31%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 1'999 124.78%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 2'073 129.40%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 1'602 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 1'768 110.36%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 1'812 113.11%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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3DMark

Fire Strike Physix

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 17'096 116.77%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 20'273 138.47%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 20'623 140.86%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 14'641 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 16'789 114.67%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 16'944 115.73%

3DMark 11 Physix

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 15'296 126.46%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 17'006 140.59%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 19'521 161.38%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 12'096 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 13'078 108.12%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 13'717 113.40%

3DMark Vantage Physix

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 51'185 124.27%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 60'243 146.27%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 61'351 148.96%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 41'187 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 46'400 112.66%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 46'688 113.36%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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XTU (Intel Extreme Tuning Utility)

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 1'840 123.49%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 2'160 144.97%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 2'241 150.40%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 1'490 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 1'656 111.14%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 1'662 111.54%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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Cinebench R15

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 1'403 114.72%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 1'648 134.75%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 1'701 139.08%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 1'223 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 1'228 100.41%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 1'231 100.65%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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SiSoft Sandra

Arithmetik Dhrystone

  GIPS %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 305.16 127.15%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 363.50 151.46%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 365.50 152.29%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 240.00 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 274.66 114.44%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 276.13 115.05%

Arithmetik Whetstone

  GFLOPS %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 185.11 126.48%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 222.00 151.69%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 222.76 152.21%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 146.35 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 167.00 114.11%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 173.63 118.64%

Multimedia Integer

  MPixels/sec %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 447.18 117.64%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 505.00 132.86%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 556.46 146.39%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 380.11 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 423.51 111.42%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 425.97 112.06%

Multimedia Floating Point

  MPixels/sec %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 441.39 123.57%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 510.13 142.81%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 565.76 158.38%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 357.21 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 394.68 110.49%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 404.22 113.16%

Cryptography AES

  GB/sec %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 20.70 101.22%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 28.70 140.34%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 28.85 141.08%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 20.45 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 28.00 136.92%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 28.20 137.90%

Cryptography SHA

  GB/sec %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 9.13 114.84%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 10.86 136.60%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 11.08 139.37%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 7.95 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 8.33 104.78%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 8.98 112.96%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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Blackhole Benchmark Multithreaded

Single Thread

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 3'003 103.41%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 3'420 117.77%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 3'496 120.39%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 2'904 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 3'300 113.64%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 3'394 116.87%

4 Threads

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 3'886 102.70%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 4'428 117.02%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 4'430 117.07%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 3'784 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 4'203 111.07%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 4'230 111.79%

Multithreaded

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 13'712 124.75%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 16'560 150.66%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 16'608 151.09%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 10'992 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 12'438 113.16%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 12'514 113.85%

Overall

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 20'050 113.40%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 24'080 136.20%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 24'108 136.36%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 17'680 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 19'960 112.90%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 20'154 113.99%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
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WinRAR

  KB/s %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 20'433 138.62%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 22'687 153.91%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 24'478 166.07%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 14'740 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 15'494 105.12%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 16'699 113.29%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
[pagebreak]

Frybench

  sec %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 153 124.41%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 124 159.68%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 117 169.23%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 198 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 174 113.79%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 170 116.47%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
[pagebreak]

HWBot Prime

  Points %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 7'410 111.90%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 8'102 122.35%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 8'110 122.47%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 6'622 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 7'046 106.40%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 7'048 106.43%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
[pagebreak]

Performance Rating

  %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 116.09%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 136.79%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 141.52%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 112.19%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 114.54%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
[pagebreak]

Power Consumption

Idle

  Watt %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 70 102.94%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 112 164.71%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 125 183.82%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 68 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 109 160.29%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 122 179.41%

Load

  Watt %
Core i7-5960X @ Default 229 121.81%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz 266 141.49%
Core i7-5960X @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 278 147.87%
Core i7-5930K @ Default 188 100.00%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz 234 124.47%
Core i7-5930K @ 4.2 GHz DDR4-3000 250 132.98%


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole  
[pagebreak]

Conclusion

Default

First of all we’re going to have a closer look at performance differences with standard clock speeds. From our overall performance rating we see that the Core i7-5960X is on average 16.09% quicker than the Core i7-5930K. If you keep in mind, that the i7-5960X comes with eight cores and 16 threads, whereas the i7-5930K has to do the same job with six cores and twelve threads, then the difference is already partially explained. Based on the difference in core count the i7-5960X should be up to 33% quicker than the smaller i7-5930K. But since there are quite a few benchmarks and applications, where performance isn’t scaling with the sheer number of threads it doesn’t make for a difference in all cases. In the end there is about 17% difference to what the i7-5960X could be faster than the i7-5930K, which is also due to different clock speeds.
If we start searching for the benchmarks with should best possible scaling on the i7-5960X, then we find that Frybench runs 29.41% faster on this CPU, WinRAR is even 38.62% quicker, Black Multithreaded gains an additional 24.75% and Cinebench gets boosted by 14.72%.
In the case of the other benchmarks we don’t see big differences anymore. The reason is, that the higher core count simply has no effect on applications that can’t use high numbers of cores.
We also had a closer look at power consumption and in idle we notice that our test setup with Core i7-5960X was burning 2.94% more power than the same system equipped with Core i7-5930K. In case of load power consumption the difference was 21.81%.

4.2 GHz

Overclocking both processors to 4.2 GHz basically shows the same picture like when comparing the two CPU with standard clocks. On average the Core i7-5960X is 21.93% quicker than the Core i7-5930K. Since both CPUs are running at the same frequency the gap between the two processors becomes a bit bigger. With the CPUs at default clocks the i7-5930K clocks a little higher than the i7-5960X. Again we notice that all benchmarks and programs that support large numbers of cores and threads benefit from the i7-5960X in almost a linear way. Single threaded benchmarks and programs on the other hand show only marginal differences.
What’s always interesting to look at when overclocking a CPU is putting the performance gained by increasing the clocks speeds into perspective regarding additional power consumption. In this case of the Core i7-5930K performance goes up by 12.19%. On the other hand idle power consumption rises by 60.29% and load power consumption by 24.47%. With the i7-5960X the performance increase is 17.83% on average, whereas idle power consumption is 60.00% higher and under full load we measure 16.16% difference.

4.2 GHz DDR4-3000

Having arrived at this point we’re not going to go through every single benchmark anymore since the overall results are still very similar. What’s much more interesting now is checking what performance differences there are when running DDR4 memory at 2133MHz and 3000MHz with both processors.
Overclocking the system with Core i7-5960X inside we notice that the performance goes up by 3.46%. In the case of the Core i7-5930K the difference is 2.01% on average. If we go and look out for the benchmarks and programs that benefit the most from increased memory clocks, then we see that Frybench performs 5.98% quicker with the memory at 3000MHz and in combination with the Core i7-5960X. In the case of the i7-5930K the same benchmark benefits by 2.36%. WinRAR appears to be scaling excellently on both CPUs whereas the i7-5960X benefits by 7.90% and the i7-5930K by 7.77%. Also the results gathered with Cinebench show 4.51% scaling on the i7-5960X.
Looking at idle power consumption, the system with Intel Core i7-5930K turns 11.93% more energy into heat, whereas with the i7-5960X consumption goes up by 11.61%. Under full load the differences are 6.84% in case of the i7-5930K and 4.51% for the i7-5960X.

Recommendation

Last but not least we can say that first and foremost multithreaded applications benefit from the Core i7-5960X. Since there are two more cores and four more threads then on the i7-5930K performance in multithreaded applications scales in an almost linear way. Therefore if you need a workstation, which is going to be used in a productive environment and additional CPU power actually accounts for higher revenue, then this CPU is the right choice. Should you not require the additional two cores and four threads, then i7-5930K will be more than sufficient under any circumstances.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Sysmark Page 9 - Frybench
Page 3 - 3DMark Page 10 - HWBot Prime
Page 4 - XTU Page 11 - Performance Rating
Page 5 - Cinebench Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 6 - SiSoft Sandra Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Blackhole