Average Bench: 69.2% (129th of 1197)

Based on 1,685 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 56%Average: 69.2% Great: 83%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 30.7% 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 201Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is 26.2%. 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 755Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 612Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,685 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.6 1-Core 101 120
165 2-Core 201 237
71% 151 Pts
Min Avg Max
307 4-Core 389 475
491 8-Core 612 757
63.8% 501 Pts
Min Avg Max
610 64-Core 755 920
50.7% 755 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 116
2-Core 232
82% 174 Pts
4-Core 464
8-Core 750
77% 607 Pts
64-Core 884
59% 884 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 112
2-Core 224
79% 168 Pts
4-Core 446
8-Core 696
73% 571 Pts
64-Core 840
56% 840 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 105
2-Core 204
73% 154 Pts
4-Core 399
8-Core 585
64% 492 Pts
64-Core 742
50% 742 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 99.2
2-Core 198
70% 149 Pts
4-Core 389
8-Core 571
62% 480 Pts
64-Core 741
50% 741 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
1-Core 92.3
2-Core 181
64% 136 Pts
4-Core 387
8-Core 580
62% 483 Pts
64-Core 722
48% 722 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 93.2
2-Core 188
66% 141 Pts
4-Core 372
8-Core 552
59% 462 Pts
64-Core 692
46% 692 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 92.1
2-Core 166
62% 129 Pts
4-Core 312
8-Core 526
53% 419 Pts
64-Core 673
45% 673 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,815,878 CPUs tested.

 Prices

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Typical Core i7-3970X Builds (Compare 4,842 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 100%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $1,995

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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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