4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.07GHz, Nehalem.
Release date: Q1 2009.


Release date ≤ Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 27,040 user samples
25,935 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 56% Base clock 4.2 GHz
Worst Bench: 36% Base clock 2.4 GHz, turbo 1.25 GHz (avg)
Poor: 36% Great: 56%
SPEED RANK: 379th / 1206
Gaming 48%
Desktop 50%
Workstation 33%
Sail boat
1,105 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 45% Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 30% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 1.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 30% Great: 45%
SPEED RANK: 515th / 1206
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation 26%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
48.4 % Faster effective speed.
40.2 %
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
75.4 Pts Faster single-core speed.
64 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
147 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
120 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
259 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
213 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
365 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
288 Pts
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
89.5 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
73.3 Pts
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
175 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
138 Pts
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
316 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
244 Pts
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
428 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
335 Pts
Market Share
Based on 24,747,391 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.1 % Insanely higher market share.
0 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
65 % More popular.
52 %
131 Months 70+ Months Much more recent.
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
443 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
336 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
370 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
291 Pts

The i7-950 is a first generation Core processor which is now three generations and four years old. The 950 was included in the group test as a reference for how fast processors were back in 2009. This particular generation of processor heralded the 4 core 8 thread configuration that Intel has been kitting its top end processors with ever since. In terms of real world performance based on single core horsepower (most applications are still unable to make use of multiple cores concurrently), with a PassMark Single Thread score of 1320 the i7-950 is approximately 50% slower than its modern day equivalent, the i7 4770K[Feb '12 CPUPro]


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We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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