Intel Core i9-9960X processor review

Intel Core i9-9960X

Core i9-9960X processor released by Intel; release date: October 2018. The processor is designed for desktop-computers and based on Skylake microarchitecture.

CPU is unlocked for overclocking. Total number of cores - 16, threads - 32. Maximum CPU clock speed - 4.40 GHz. Maximum operating temperature - 85°C. Manufacturing process technology - 14 nm. Cache size: L1 - 64K (per core), L2 - 1 MB (per core), L3 - 22 MB (shared).

Supported memory types: DDR4-2666. Maximum memory size: 128 GB.

Supported socket types: FCLGA2066. Maximum number of processors in a configuration - 1. Power consumption (TDP): 165 Watt.


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PassMark - Single thread mark 2493
PassMark - CPU mark 28735

Specifications (specs)


Architecture codename Skylake
Launch date October 2018
Place in performance rating 1
Processor Number i9-9960X
Series Intel® Core™ X-series Processors
Status Launched
Vertical segment Desktop


64 bit support
Base frequency 3.10 GHz
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
L1 cache 64K (per core)
L2 cache 1 MB (per core)
L3 cache 22 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology 14 nm
Maximum core temperature 85°C
Maximum frequency 4.40 GHz
Number of cores 16
Number of QPI Links 0
Number of threads 32


Max memory channels 4
Maximum memory size 128 GB
Supported memory types DDR4-2666


Max number of CPUs in a configuration 1
Sockets supported FCLGA2066
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 165 Watt
Thermal Solution PCG 2017X


Max number of PCIe lanes 44
PCI Express revision 3.0
Scalability 1S Only

Security & Reliability

Execute Disable Bit (EDB)
Intel® Trusted Execution technology (TXT)

Advanced Technologies

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology
Instruction set extensions Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
Intel 64
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported
Intel® Turbo Boost technology
Number of AVX-512 FMA Units 2


Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)