Average Bench: 77.1% (221st of 1355)

more Based on 37,100 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]

Poor: 67%Average: 77.1% Great: 89%
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3930K averaged 22.9% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 85Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 98Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3930K is 21.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3930K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 765Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 607Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,100 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.3 Memory 85 94.3
75.6 1-Core 98 118
160 2-Core 196 236
74.4% 126 Pts
Min Avg Max
300 4-Core 373 456
493 8-Core 607 750
62.2% 490 Pts
Min Avg Max
630 64-Core 765 942
51.3% 765 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 83
1-Core 102
2-Core 197
75% 127 Pts
4-Core 388
8-Core 606
64% 497 Pts
64-Core 754
51% 754 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.7
1-Core 84.6
2-Core 201
71% 122 Pts
4-Core 380
8-Core 585
62% 482 Pts
64-Core 747
50% 747 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.7
1-Core 87.9
2-Core 174
68% 114 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 525
54% 426 Pts
64-Core 617
41% 617 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 53,548,638 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $652 @ launch in Nov '11
AmazonUS $3503 mins
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Gaming 82%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 72%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X79 - $273

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,103

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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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Added 9 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

6 months ago.

Excellent! OCs like a champ! Ran this CPU for almost 6 years and would still be using it if not for needing to RMA the mobo I was using. Will be building another machine to continue to make use of it though. It still has a lot to give.


Good

5 months ago.

bad Value vs. performance and features


Poor

15 months ago.

After 9 years it's still a good processor. Worth about 50$ in Poland in 2020.


Good

8 months ago.

Greatest CPU intel ever made...

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

21 months ago.

9 years old processor, and only 10% + vs Ryzen 5 3600x :D :D :D


Excellent

16 months ago.

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


Terrible

4 years 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.


Good

13 months ago.

Bought this loyal processor Q1 '12, it's still going strong. Not worth going for this now, since you're paying for rarity (discontinued a good while ago), but if you happen to come across one, defo still worth using. The most taxing games and software run properly on it. It's been such a good boy for so long, I'll feel sad when I finally upgrade my core components for PCI4 M.2 compatability. Oh, I use this with a p9x79 deluxe board and low latency 2*8gb ram.


Excellent

10 months ago.

Old man geek. Still my favourite.


Excellent

9 years ago.

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Good

23 months ago.

live in 2020 . works sometimes same as ryzen 1600 AF


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

3 years 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


Excellent

2 years ago.


Very good

6 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

3 years ago.

Served me well for years, 6 cores 12MB L3 cache. Easy to OC, performs as well as a 7700K for an 8-year-old CPU.


Excellent

4 years 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 years 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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