Average Bench: 66.1% (115th of 1184)

more Based on 22,035 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: 50%Average: 66.1% Great: 82%
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-3930K averaged 33.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 96.7Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 193Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3930K is 31.9%. 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 731Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 592Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 22,035 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.6 1-Core 96.7 116
152 2-Core 193 232
68.2% 145 Pts
Min Avg Max
278 4-Core 373 464
443 8-Core 592 739
61.5% 483 Pts
Min Avg Max
587 64-Core 731 890
49.1% 731 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 124
2-Core 247
87% 185 Pts
4-Core 491
8-Core 809
82% 650 Pts
64-Core 944
63% 944 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
1-Core 105
2-Core 211
74% 158 Pts
4-Core 422
8-Core 678
70% 550 Pts
64-Core 808
54% 808 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 91
2-Core 181
64% 136 Pts
4-Core 343
8-Core 459
52% 401 Pts
64-Core 610
41% 610 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 84.9
2-Core 146
56% 115 Pts
4-Core 322
8-Core 541
55% 432 Pts
64-Core 688
46% 688 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 103
2-Core 208
73% 155 Pts
4-Core 306
8-Core 587
55% 446 Pts
64-Core 860
58% 860 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,949,945 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $652 @ launch in Nov '11
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Typical Core i7-3930K Builds (Compare 4,703 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 100%
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Desktop
Desktop 69%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $1,913

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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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27 days ago.

Awesome CPU for 2011 all the way until 2019. But now its getting old. :(


Excellent

3 months ago.

Great Value vs. performance and features


Disliked

23 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

10 months 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.


Excellent

7 months ago.

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


Terrible

17 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

6 years ago.

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Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

11 months 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

1 month ago.

This is what technological progress should lead to: A good performing 6 core 12 thread quad channel cpu for 50€. I've got mine from Ebay.


Very good

3 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

2 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

13 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.


Excellent

8 months 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.


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