Average Bench: 77.9% (274th of 1456)

Based on 2,677 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 69%Average: 77.9% Great: 87%
Gaming 78%
Desktop 79%
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 22.0% 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.


Avg. Memory Latency 86Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 378Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is just 18.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3970X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 737Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 595Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 2,677 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.2 Memory 86 94.7
80.4 1-Core 99.9 115
165 2-Core 198 227
73.7% 128 Pts
Min Avg Max
301 4-Core 378 444
476 8-Core 595 710
59.9% 487 Pts
Min Avg Max
601 64-Core 737 870
45.6% 737 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.7
1-Core 103
2-Core 206
78% 135 Pts
4-Core 410
8-Core 667
66% 538 Pts
64-Core 781
48% 781 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.5
1-Core 103
2-Core 228
80% 141 Pts
4-Core 420
8-Core 694
68% 557 Pts
64-Core 803
50% 803 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 87
1-Core 95.7
2-Core 198
73% 127 Pts
4-Core 388
8-Core 616
62% 502 Pts
64-Core 729
45% 729 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 86
1-Core 94
2-Core 190
72% 124 Pts
4-Core 380
8-Core 600
60% 490 Pts
64-Core 713
44% 713 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.9
1-Core 103
2-Core 206
74% 130 Pts
4-Core 386
8-Core 620
62% 503 Pts
64-Core 705
44% 705 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.9
1-Core 95.8
2-Core 186
70% 122 Pts
4-Core 331
8-Core 585
55% 458 Pts
64-Core 710
44% 710 Pts
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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


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 Size52.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo


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insane overclockable running at 5.2 ghz on 6c 12 threads 360 watercooling idle 51 celcius on full load 85 celcius 235 watt tdp :)

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