Average Bench: 52.7% (325th of 1159)

Based on 21,773 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: 38%Average: 52.7% Great: 64%
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 38%
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Average average bench

The Intel Core i7-950 averaged 47.2% 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

Single Core Floating Point Speed 78.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 75.6Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-950 is 26.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-950 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 379Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 369Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,773 samples)
Min Avg Max
52.6 SC Int 72.4 86.4
58.9 SC Float 78.4 93.2
56.4 SC Mixed 75.6 89.8
60.4% 75.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
156 QC Int 247 300
179 QC Float 267 326
165 QC Mixed 258 314
58.4% 258 Pts
Min Avg Max
227 MC Int 353 421
241 MC Float 379 453
226 MC Mixed 369 442
54.9% 367 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 87.1
SC Float 94
SC Mixed 89
72% 90 Pts
QC Int 337
QC Float 358
QC Mixed 326
77% 340 Pts
MC Int 429
MC Float 464
MC Mixed 446
67% 447 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz
SC Int 74.2
SC Float 73.1
SC Mixed 73
59% 73.4 Pts
QC Int 228
QC Float 257
QC Mixed 294
59% 260 Pts
MC Int 375
MC Float 404
MC Mixed 394
58% 391 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 75.3
SC Float 81.4
SC Mixed 78.8
63% 78.5 Pts
QC Int 240
QC Float 250
QC Mixed 250
56% 247 Pts
MC Int 363
MC Float 394
MC Mixed 385
57% 381 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 74.7
SC Float 81
SC Mixed 78.3
62% 78 Pts
QC Int 241
QC Float 254
QC Mixed 202
53% 232 Pts
MC Int 342
MC Float 366
MC Mixed 371
54% 360 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,945,433 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $273 @ launch in Mar '09
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $210

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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

3 months 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).


Average

3 months ago.

worked pretty well for me so far.


Excellent

9 months ago.

4.1Ghz on air cooling, working really fine for gaming


Good

5 months ago.

Has gone pretty good over the years, never faultering


Excellent

20 months 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

21 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

23 months 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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