Average Bench: 78.9% (167th of 1316)

Based on 2,455 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206D7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3970X CPU @ 3.50GHz
Poor: 70%Average: 78.9% Great: 87%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-3970X averaged 21.1% 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 86.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 101Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-3970X is just 17.3%. 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 744Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 604Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,455 samples)
Min Avg Max
78 Memory 86.6 95.1
86.5 1-Core 101 116
170 2-Core 199 230
76.1% 129 Pts
Min Avg Max
305 4-Core 384 451
500 8-Core 604 711
63.1% 494 Pts
Min Avg Max
615 64-Core 744 876
49.9% 744 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 4.7 GHz, turbo 6.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 125
2-Core 248
89% 155 Pts
4-Core 497
8-Core 803
83% 650 Pts
64-Core 959
64% 959 Pts
LGA2011, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.8
1-Core 106
2-Core 210
80% 136 Pts
4-Core 417
8-Core 686
70% 552 Pts
64-Core 809
54% 809 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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Typical Core i7-3970X Builds (Compare 2,644 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 86%
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Desktop
Desktop 83%
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Workstation
Workstation 75%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - $589

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,912

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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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