Average Bench: 68.5% (97th of 1182)

Based on 1,628 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 55%Average: 68.5% Great: 84%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 31.4% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 200Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is 28.4%. 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 752Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 608Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,628 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.9 1-Core 101 120
165 2-Core 200 238
70.9% 151 Pts
Min Avg Max
308 4-Core 387 475
488 8-Core 608 754
63.5% 498 Pts
Min Avg Max
610 64-Core 752 918
50.5% 752 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 111
2-Core 221
78% 166 Pts
4-Core 434
8-Core 667
70% 550 Pts
64-Core 855
57% 855 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 107
2-Core 203
73% 155 Pts
4-Core 396
8-Core 612
64% 504 Pts
64-Core 724
49% 724 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz
1-Core 105
2-Core 208
74% 157 Pts
4-Core 394
8-Core 627
65% 510 Pts
64-Core 753
51% 753 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 105
2-Core 204
73% 155 Pts
4-Core 390
8-Core 613
64% 502 Pts
64-Core 752
50% 752 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz
1-Core 99.1
2-Core 197
70% 148 Pts
4-Core 391
8-Core 628
65% 510 Pts
64-Core 746
50% 746 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz
1-Core 97.6
2-Core 195
69% 146 Pts
4-Core 337
8-Core 519
55% 428 Pts
64-Core 617
41% 617 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 95.1
2-Core 180
65% 138 Pts
4-Core 335
8-Core 530
55% 433 Pts
64-Core 678
46% 678 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,603,573 CPUs tested.

 Prices

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Typical Core i7-3970X Builds (Compare 4,469 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 100%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $2,241

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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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