Average Bench: 78.9% (85th of 1158)

Based on 1,468 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 65%Average: 78.9% Great: 96%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 21.0% 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

Multi Core Integer Speed 726Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 751Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is 30.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-3970X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Floating Point Speed 101Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,468 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.1 SC Int 101 119
84.6 SC Float 101 120
83 SC Mixed 101 121
80.6% 101 Pts
Min Avg Max
306 QC Int 387 474
311 QC Float 388 475
307 QC Mixed 387 475
87.8% 387 Pts
Min Avg Max
580 MC Int 726 884
620 MC Float 750 914
611 MC Mixed 751 919
111% 742 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 113
91% 113 Pts
QC Int 450
QC Float 480
QC Mixed 490
107% 473 Pts
MC Int 906
MC Float 924
MC Mixed 928
138% 919 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 106
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 106
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 423
QC Float 425
QC Mixed 424
96% 424 Pts
MC Int 783
MC Float 806
MC Mixed 810
120% 800 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 106
SC Float 82.1
SC Mixed 105
78% 97.5 Pts
QC Int 421
QC Float 422
QC Mixed 422
96% 421 Pts
MC Int 770
MC Float 801
MC Mixed 794
118% 788 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.6
SC Float 98.5
SC Mixed 98
79% 98.4 Pts
QC Int 387
QC Float 373
QC Mixed 391
87% 384 Pts
MC Int 716
MC Float 738
MC Mixed 743
110% 732 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.5
SC Float 95.8
SC Mixed 98.1
77% 96.8 Pts
QC Int 380
QC Float 383
QC Mixed 387
87% 383 Pts
MC Int 690
MC Float 717
MC Mixed 725
106% 710 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.3
SC Float 98
SC Mixed 90.8
76% 95.4 Pts
QC Int 388
QC Float 390
QC Mixed 383
88% 387 Pts
MC Int 695
MC Float 715
MC Mixed 681
104% 697 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 96.8
80% 100 Pts
QC Int 382
QC Float 353
QC Mixed 351
82% 362 Pts
MC Int 663
MC Float 705
MC Mixed 693
103% 687 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.5
SC Float 91.2
SC Mixed 95.6
75% 93.8 Pts
QC Int 314
QC Float 316
QC Mixed 340
73% 324 Pts
MC Int 676
MC Float 703
MC Mixed 717
105% 699 Pts
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Desktop
Desktop 79%
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Workstation 73%
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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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