Average Bench: 79.9% (128th of 1271)

Based on 2,368 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 70%Average: 79.9% Great: 89%
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 20.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-3970X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 88.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 99.4Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is just 19%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3970X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 746Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 605Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,368 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.7 Memory 88.9 95.8
79.4 1-Core 99.4 116
166 2-Core 198 230
76.3% 129 Pts
Min Avg Max
296 4-Core 383 462
482 8-Core 605 735
62.9% 494 Pts
Min Avg Max
601 64-Core 746 886
50% 746 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.8
1-Core 106
2-Core 211
80% 136 Pts
4-Core 413
8-Core 639
67% 526 Pts
64-Core 795
53% 795 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.2
1-Core 102
2-Core 185
77% 127 Pts
4-Core 382
8-Core 622
64% 502 Pts
64-Core 740
50% 740 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.9
1-Core 98.7
2-Core 195
77% 128 Pts
4-Core 377
8-Core 582
61% 480 Pts
64-Core 737
50% 737 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.2
1-Core 96.9
2-Core 194
76% 127 Pts
4-Core 382
8-Core 579
62% 481 Pts
64-Core 703
47% 703 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.7
1-Core 75.8
2-Core 181
69% 116 Pts
4-Core 371
8-Core 642
64% 507 Pts
64-Core 757
51% 757 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 87.8
2-Core 183
70% 118 Pts
4-Core 319
8-Core 490
52% 405 Pts
64-Core 703
47% 703 Pts
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Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 76%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $1,954

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition (15M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge E
Launch DateQ4'12
Processor Numberi7-3970X
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache15 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2, AVX, AES
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.6V-1.35V
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Max TDP150 W

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

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