Average Bench: 76.6% (89th of 1143)

more Based on 15,892 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206D7, , 00000000BC83B000, 00000000BC80D000, 0000000000000000, 0FABFBFF000206D7, 1FABFBFF000206D7, 00000000BC80C000, 1F8BFBFF000206D7, 1789FBFF000206D7, 0F8BFBFF000206D7 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz

The 3930K has an outstanding multi-core performance profile, almost as good as you can buy at any budget, which considering its relatively reasonable price tag really make it stand out from the crowd. The reason for the extraordinary multi-core benchmark scores is down to the 3930K's six cores. Having six cores effectively results in a 50% lead over quad core cpus and a 200% percent lead over dual core cpu's. Typical desktop users rarely use more than two cores simultaneously thus rendering the additional four cores largely redundant for consumer use. In terms of regular use this CPU will offer virtually no better real world performance than the leaders in my Desktop CPU Group Test. For server orientated workloads the 3930K offers both outstanding performance and superb value for money. [Jun '13 CPUPro]

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Poor: 62%Average: 76.6% Great: 95%
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3930K averaged 23.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-3930K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 714Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 741Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3930K is 32.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3930K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Floating Point Speed 97.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 97.6Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,892 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.1 SC Int 97.1 121
76.4 SC Float 97.5 121
78.9 SC Mixed 97.6 120
77.9% 97.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
291 QC Int 375 472
294 QC Float 376 472
289 QC Mixed 374 473
85.1% 375 Pts
Min Avg Max
580 MC Int 714 894
605 MC Float 739 921
593 MC Mixed 741 925
110% 731 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 124
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 492
QC Float 494
QC Mixed 492
112% 493 Pts
MC Int 912
MC Float 946
MC Mixed 949
140% 936 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 111
89% 111 Pts
QC Int 435
QC Float 420
QC Mixed 433
97% 429 Pts
MC Int 805
MC Float 814
MC Mixed 827
122% 815 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95
SC Float 99.3
SC Mixed 99.6
78% 98 Pts
QC Int 325
QC Float 358
QC Mixed 334
77% 339 Pts
MC Int 641
MC Float 693
MC Mixed 695
101% 676 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 92.2
SC Float 92
SC Mixed 92.7
74% 92.3 Pts
QC Int 337
QC Float 330
QC Mixed 327
75% 331 Pts
MC Int 669
MC Float 674
MC Mixed 692
102% 678 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83.4
SC Float 84.7
SC Mixed 84.3
67% 84.1 Pts
QC Int 334
QC Float 329
QC Mixed 317
74% 326 Pts
MC Int 591
MC Float 626
MC Mixed 614
91% 610 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,835,887 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $652 @ launch in Nov '11
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Gaming 114%
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Desktop
Desktop 75%
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Workstation
Workstation 71%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge E
Launch DateQ4'11
Processor Numberi7-3930K
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache12 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.600-1.350V
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.8 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Max TDP130 W
DescriptionThis product includes VT-d support only on the C2 stepping. Stepping information can be viewed via the menu on the left.

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333/1600
Memory Channels4
Memory Bandwidth51.2 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes40

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Smart Response TechYes

Package

Package Size52.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

LGA2011 Socket

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25 days ago.

Never failed performance all these years later


Excellent

4 months ago.

Great Value vs. performance and features


Disliked

12 months ago.

Comment 

The 3930 is a incredibly durable, overclockable and versatile processor. After 3 years it's still going strong. It's a highly capable chip that is suitable for high end gaming, software development and 3d game development—Feb '16


Excellent

5 months ago.

Good for 3D rendering - 6 years in full power on watercooling - 100%


Excellent

6 days ago.

After six years massive use it is flawless. My i7-3990K came alive - Corsair watercooled - on 1-st January, 2013 in a 2066, x99 Sabertooth TUF. No OC ever. The only modification in the build: Nvidia 6800 Strix gtx replaced by 1080 Strix. As far as FHD no game is a real match. Occulus rift ( DCS World, AC Competizione and the likes ), PS with several hundred Mb files, Studio 22... etc. all go like a charm. I am about to put together a new build. Sometimes I wonder why.


Terrible

7 months ago.

Bought it for 120$ used this year and managed to put together an 800$ 6 core build. It delivers outstanding multicore performance and I have not had a need to overclock it yet.


Excellent

5 years ago.

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Terrible

14 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Poor

5 years ago.

Not worth the money. Stick with the 3770K and save half of your cash.


Excellent

22 days ago.

I Love my 3930k I had it on custom water cooling and clocked to 4.8ghz. and it did a Great job I took it off water cooling after updating the bios and it went back to stock speeds. Even at stock speeds it does a good job. I may use an AIO cooler and clock it back up a little, Maybe 4.0 or 4.2 depending on the tempters. Then give it to my Grandson for gaming and streaming he is 8 and Loves PC gaming and streaming


Very good

2 years ago.

Cheers I do multi tasking, video rendering , I plan to upgrade but this chip can go to 5.2ghz its ran 4.8ghz since day one no troubles and still get faster speeds then the majority of the newer cpus. Just lucky I could a good OC chip. I couldn't get past 4.7 at first till I watercooled the mosfets.


Excellent

16 months ago.

Love this baby. I have it up to 4.8 ghz with an AIO water cooler. I mean, this thing is flippin fast, testing above the level of a 7700k stock. I disabled HT...and man am I glad i did. 6 cores and 6 threads is MORE than enough for anything really. Pretty good considering i got this for freezies!


Excellent

3 months ago.

My 3930k has been easily overclocked to 4.7GHz and has running well at that same clockspeed for ~5 years. Still holds up extremely well and manages a 98.8% Gaming Score compared to a standard 108% Gaming Score for an 8700k.


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