Average Bench: 69% (311th of 1271)

Based on 11,592 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 59%Average: 69% Great: 76%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 30.9% 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 89.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 78.5Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is just 17.6%. 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 382Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 377Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 11,592 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.5 Memory 89.6 96.5
61.5 1-Core 78.5 90.7
110 2-Core 151 177
66.1% 107 Pts
Min Avg Max
185 4-Core 266 325
268 8-Core 377 441
41.7% 322 Pts
Min Avg Max
287 64-Core 382 444
25.7% 382 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.5
1-Core 77.3
2-Core 154
69% 110 Pts
4-Core 291
8-Core 386
44% 339 Pts
64-Core 401
27% 401 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.3
1-Core 81.5
2-Core 160
69% 111 Pts
4-Core 300
8-Core 290
40% 294 Pts
64-Core 276
18% 276 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.7
1-Core 80
2-Core 162
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 277
8-Core 396
44% 337 Pts
64-Core 406
27% 406 Pts
J1PR, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.7
1-Core 81.4
2-Core 162
69% 112 Pts
4-Core 269
8-Core 408
44% 339 Pts
64-Core 404
27% 404 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.9
1-Core 74.2
2-Core 134
65% 101 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 329
39% 296 Pts
64-Core 306
21% 306 Pts
1366-pin LGA, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.1
1-Core 83.3
2-Core 155
67% 109 Pts
4-Core 291
8-Core 389
44% 340 Pts
64-Core 392
26% 392 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.4
1-Core 80.3
2-Core 158
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 286
8-Core 372
43% 329 Pts
64-Core 405
27% 405 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.1
1-Core 78.7
2-Core 149
63% 103 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 400
43% 332 Pts
64-Core 403
27% 403 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 1,709 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $820

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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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Average

7 months 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.


Good

1 month ago.

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


Good

22 months 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

2 years ago.

still chugging along


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