Average Bench: 48.7% (377th of 1206)

Based on 24,471 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz

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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Poor: 36%Average: 48.7% Great: 59%
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i7-950 averaged 51.2% 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 76Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 148Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-950 is 22.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-950 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 372Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 368Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,471 samples)
Min Avg Max
58.4 1-Core 76 90.9
110 2-Core 148 179
52.9% 112 Pts
Min Avg Max
172 4-Core 261 318
248 8-Core 368 435
40.8% 314 Pts
Min Avg Max
265 64-Core 372 437
24.9% 372 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.6
2-Core 160
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 280
8-Core 407
44% 344 Pts
64-Core 407
27% 407 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 78.3
2-Core 154
55% 116 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 373
41% 319 Pts
64-Core 399
27% 399 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 74.8
2-Core 150
53% 113 Pts
4-Core 252
8-Core 381
41% 317 Pts
64-Core 389
26% 389 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 77.9
2-Core 138
52% 108 Pts
4-Core 246
8-Core 372
40% 309 Pts
64-Core 348
23% 348 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 22,641,434 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $273 @ launch in Mar '09
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Typical Core i7-950 Builds (Compare 6,781 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 43%
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Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $961

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-950 Processor (8M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)
Code NameBloomfield
Launch DateQ2'09
Processor Numberi7-950
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography45 nm
VID Voltage Range0.800V-1.375V
Recommended Price$305.00
Clock Speed3.06 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.33 GHz
Bus Speed4.8 GT/s QPI
QPI Links1
Max TDP130 W

Memory

Max Memory Size24 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 800/1066
Memory Channels3
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesNo
Turbo Boost Tech1.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo

Package

Package Size42.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1366
Processing Die Size263 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors731 million

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

Socket LGA 1366

Passmark CPU benchmark: 6,417...

Added 7 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

Able to OC all the way to 3.8 GHz on an Asus Rampage II motherboard in 2018. That's impressive. My bottleneck is now only my RAM speed (DDR3 vs DDR4).


Good

7 days ago.

worked pretty well for me so far.


Excellent

14 months ago.

4.1Ghz on air cooling, working really fine for gaming


Good

10 months ago.

Has gone pretty good over the years, never faultering


Excellent

2 years ago.

Have this thing running from 2010 @ 4ghz and it still rocks!


Below average

7 years ago.

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Excellent

3 years ago.

my little beast 7 years and still strong


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

3 years ago.

5 or 6 years later, still allows me to play latest games without pushing it to the max


Excellent

2 years ago.

Massive Performance gains from 1.0+ MHz Overclocking make this 8 year old CPU bench over 75%, for gaming I still see ZERO reason to upgrade, what a monster.


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