Average Bench: 67.7% (338th of 1265)

Based on 30,978 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]

Poor: 56%Average: 67.7% Great: 75%
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-950 averaged 32.3% 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. Memory Latency 88.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 75.1Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-950 is just 19.7%. 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 364Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 360Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 30,978 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.4 Memory 88.8 96.4
56.7 1-Core 75.1 82.6
97.5 2-Core 145 162
64.3% 103 Pts
Min Avg Max
169 4-Core 256 312
230 8-Core 360 402
40% 308 Pts
Min Avg Max
238 64-Core 364 403
24.4% 364 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.5
1-Core 75.9
2-Core 152
66% 107 Pts
4-Core 288
8-Core 388
44% 338 Pts
64-Core 386
26% 386 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.15 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.4
1-Core 71
2-Core 154
66% 106 Pts
4-Core 279
8-Core 373
43% 326 Pts
64-Core 372
25% 372 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.3
1-Core 70
2-Core 124
59% 92.4 Pts
4-Core 233
8-Core 230
32% 231 Pts
64-Core 296
20% 296 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,634,477 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $273 @ launch in Mar '09
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Typical Core i7-950 Builds (Compare 2,161 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 38%
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Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Raft

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $1,015

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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 8 years ago.

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2 months ago.

i used this chip until the end of 2018, only because I got a faster 1366 processor. 8 years, and took it like a champ.


Excellent

7 months ago.

worked pretty well for me so far.


Good

1 month ago.

4.1Ghz on air cooling, working really fine for gaming


Poor

14 days ago.

Has gone pretty good over the years, never faultering


Below average

8 years ago.

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Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

my little beast 7 years and still strong


Terrible

3 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

3 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.


Excellent

4 months ago.

10 Years and Running... Overclocked to 4.1 with a decent water cool block and still going strong.. Playing most games with High on Modern Games and Ultra in old titles.. Paired with a GTX 1060 and i think this would be the last stop for this CPU...I have managed to squeezed every drop and i think I have got my money's worth for a decade of service. I'm looking forward to pass it on to my daughter for basic computing stuff and some light games... Looking forward for another build with Intel.


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