Average Bench: 79.4% (162nd of 1314)

Based on 2,443 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 71%Average: 79.4% Great: 88%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 20.6% 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 87.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is just 17.4%. 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 751Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 608Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,443 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.8 Memory 87.4 95.3
86.4 1-Core 101 115
175 2-Core 200 230
76.3% 129 Pts
Min Avg Max
315 4-Core 385 453
507 8-Core 608 714
63.3% 496 Pts
Min Avg Max
645 64-Core 751 880
50.4% 751 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 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 104
2-Core 210
80% 135 Pts
4-Core 421
8-Core 623
67% 522 Pts
64-Core 812
54% 812 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.7
1-Core 100
2-Core 211
78% 134 Pts
4-Core 423
8-Core 690
71% 556 Pts
64-Core 814
55% 814 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.2
1-Core 105
2-Core 208
78% 133 Pts
4-Core 389
8-Core 639
65% 514 Pts
64-Core 751
50% 751 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.8
1-Core 97.7
2-Core 191
75% 126 Pts
4-Core 346
8-Core 564
58% 455 Pts
64-Core 708
48% 708 Pts
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Typical Core i7-3970X Builds (Compare 2,325 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 75%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,849

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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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