Average Bench: 67.1% (411th of 1358)

Based on 35,508 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: 54%Average: 67.1% Great: 74%
Gaming
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-950 averaged 32.8% 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 87Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 76.3Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-950 is 20%. 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 378Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 375Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 35,508 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.8 Memory 87 95.7
57.1 1-Core 76.3 84.2
105 2-Core 147 162
64.2% 103 Pts
Min Avg Max
180 4-Core 258 311
233 8-Core 375 423
40.9% 317 Pts
Min Avg Max
246 64-Core 378 423
25.4% 378 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 96.9
1-Core 79.9
2-Core 159
70% 112 Pts
4-Core 266
8-Core 410
43% 338 Pts
64-Core 407
27% 407 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.1
1-Core 80.2
2-Core 154
65% 106 Pts
4-Core 278
8-Core 414
44% 346 Pts
64-Core 367
25% 367 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.1
1-Core 80.2
2-Core 155
65% 106 Pts
4-Core 269
8-Core 405
43% 337 Pts
64-Core 410
28% 410 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 79.9
2-Core 160
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 262
8-Core 385
42% 323 Pts
64-Core 394
26% 394 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 54,507,666 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $273 @ launch in Mar '09
AmazonUS $27218 mins
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Typical Core i7-950 Builds (Compare 5,238 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
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Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 29%
Raft

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $707

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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 10 years ago.

Excellent

4 months ago.

I've been using it daily for 12 years in my office PC. I've never had a processor related problem during the work.


Good

13 months ago.

worked pretty well for me so far.


Excellent

6 months ago.

4.1Ghz on air cooling, working really fine for gaming


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Below average

10 years ago.

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Excellent

6 years ago.

my little beast 7 years and still strong


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

5 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

2 years 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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