Average Bench: 68.2% (360th of 1317)

Based on 14,491 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 56%Average: 68.2% Great: 76%
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 31.8% 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. Memory Latency 87.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 78.4Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is just 19.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7 960 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 375Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 371Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 14,491 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.8 Memory 87.9 95.9
58 1-Core 78.4 90.6
110 2-Core 152 176
65.6% 106 Pts
Min Avg Max
175 4-Core 266 322
221 8-Core 371 438
41.5% 319 Pts
Min Avg Max
229 64-Core 375 436
25.2% 375 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 79
2-Core 157
68% 109 Pts
4-Core 271
8-Core 398
43% 335 Pts
64-Core 400
27% 400 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 91.7
1-Core 82.6
2-Core 166
70% 113 Pts
4-Core 255
8-Core 406
42% 331 Pts
64-Core 404
27% 404 Pts
J1PR, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.5
1-Core 82.5
2-Core 163
67% 111 Pts
4-Core 274
8-Core 415
44% 345 Pts
64-Core 414
28% 414 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 79.7
2-Core 154
65% 106 Pts
4-Core 249
8-Core 401
41% 325 Pts
64-Core 394
26% 394 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.7
1-Core 79.2
2-Core 151
64% 104 Pts
4-Core 241
8-Core 341
38% 291 Pts
64-Core 335
22% 335 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 2.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.1
1-Core 80.8
2-Core 135
65% 102 Pts
4-Core 193
8-Core 251
29% 222 Pts
64-Core 202
14% 202 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 82
1-Core 65.7
2-Core 112
56% 86.7 Pts
4-Core 203
8-Core 252
30% 228 Pts
64-Core 266
18% 266 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 3,347 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Raft

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $789

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-960 Processor (8M Cache, 3.20 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)
Code NameBloomfield
Launch DateQ4'09
Processor Numberi7-960
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography45 nm
VID Voltage Range0.800V-1.375V
Recommended Price$305.00
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.46 GHz
Bus Speed4.8 GT/s QPI
QPI Links1
Max TDP130 W

Memory

Max Memory Size24 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 800/1066
Memory Channels3
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions36-bit
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesNo
Turbo Boost Tech1.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo

Package

Package Size42.5mm x 45.0mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1366
Processing Die Size263 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors731 million

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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Poor

29 days ago.

Running since December of 2009 on an OCZ PSU (Branded but made by SeaSonic) as a simple office file server. outlasted countless RAIDS and mobos. Most likely will be decommissioned because of age and could easily game on for a bit.


Excellent

1 month ago.

been using it since 2010. played skyrim since launch with it and everything else after


Good

13 months ago.

i have one with ocz ram (4gb x 3) and it works fine with 1gb gpu


Good

2 years ago.

9xx series i7 were a powerhouse when they came out and still do good work. Their power usage is out of control though


Excellent

3 years ago.

still chugging along


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