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Intel Core i7-5960X Review, Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5

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In terms of other performance areas the Intel Core i7-5960X sits in two categories. For raw MHz in applications which don’t benefit from multiple cores it can fall behind the 4GHz+ i7-4790K. Put it in a situation where the cores are used, such as music encoding or video productivity tasks and the Intel i7-5960X absolutely flies. A real creativity powerhouse which is competitive when gaming too. We have also spent some limited time with overclocking on this configuration and are nearing 5GHz, the final figure (and likely some extra game tests) will be added to the performance section after the conclusion in the near future.

Past that we get on to features which are pretty much shared with the chipset, in our case the Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5. From that we FINALLY get support for the latest storage drives on Intel’s ultra-enthusiast platform. Even early revision m.2 drives boost our SSD performance and as these devices evolve that should improve further. USB 3.0 is supported better, rather than basically being tacked on in X79 and more native SATA3 ports is always appreciated.

For Gigabyte specifically we love the look of the X99-Gaming 5, not just the black and red colour scheme but the nice use of LEDs. The PCIe configuration is spot on for a board of this level and the same would be said of the back panel connectors if they had binned the PS/2 ports. All of the features we appreciate such as enhanced audio, dual BIOS, solid capacitors and the like are present here too. Then we have some nice additions such as support for Thunderbolt cards or m.2 Wi-Fi. We should also note that the three sets of DDR4 we have worked without issue on the X99-Gaming 5 (Crucial, G.Skill and Corsair).

So overall the Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5 offers pretty much everything we would need from our first X99 build and pairs nicely with the high performance of the Intel Core i7-5960X.

Performance Award

Test System and Performance

gigabyte-x99-gaming-5-build

Intel Core i7-5960X
Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel Core i7-4770K
AMD FX-8350
Intel Core i7-4960X

Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion
ASRock 990FX Extreme

AMD Radeon 295X2

16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800
16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666
Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (SATA Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe testing)
Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD
Corsair AX1500i
Antec Kuhler 1250

Installed on a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench

Intel Wireless AC 7260
Razer DeathAdder
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
ASUS 120Hz/3D Display

Windows 8.1 64-bit
AMD Drivers: 14.7 RC

Battlefield 4
SiSoft Sandra
dBpoweramp
Cinebench R15
ATTO
Adobe Creative Cloud
3DMark

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8.1 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented (where appropriate). For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice

Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

 

Cinebench R15
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Music Conversion (2CD lossless to MP3)
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USB 3.0 (Corsair Voyager GTX)
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PCIe (Revodrive 350)
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M.2 SSD (Plextor M6e)
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Gaming R9-295X2
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