Average Bench: 67.6% (433rd of 1426)

Based on 16,233 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 56%Average: 67.6% Great: 76%
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 71%
Workstation 52%

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 32.3% 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.


Avg. Memory Latency 87.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 79.5Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is 20.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7 960 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 373Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 370Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 16,233 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.2 Memory 87.2 96.4
61.8 1-Core 79.5 86.7
115 2-Core 152 168
64.3% 106 Pts
Min Avg Max
190 4-Core 264 325
250 8-Core 370 416
39.9% 317 Pts
Min Avg Max
244 64-Core 373 417
23.1% 373 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.8
1-Core 82.1
2-Core 156
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 266
8-Core 376
40% 321 Pts
64-Core 385
24% 385 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.6
1-Core 79.6
2-Core 152
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 268
8-Core 355
40% 311 Pts
64-Core 345
21% 345 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.2
1-Core 79
2-Core 139
63% 102 Pts
4-Core 253
8-Core 360
38% 306 Pts
64-Core 337
21% 337 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.9
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 165
67% 112 Pts
4-Core 250
8-Core 373
39% 311 Pts
64-Core 404
25% 404 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.4
1-Core 42.4
2-Core 132
55% 88.2 Pts
4-Core 234
8-Core 372
37% 303 Pts
64-Core 381
24% 381 Pts
Socket 423, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.2
1-Core 83.6
2-Core 150
64% 106 Pts
4-Core 260
8-Core 358
39% 309 Pts
64-Core 375
23% 375 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.3
1-Core 79.9
2-Core 155
63% 106 Pts
4-Core 258
8-Core 356
39% 307 Pts
64-Core 370
23% 370 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.7
1-Core 72.8
2-Core 140
61% 99.3 Pts
4-Core 240
8-Core 344
36% 292 Pts
64-Core 394
24% 394 Pts
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Gaming 36%
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Desktop 75%
Workstation 29%

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

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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


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 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


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2 days ago.

dam it worked good for me, had it for three years or so


2 years 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.


10 months ago.


Still working fine after 13 years and able to manage current games with a correct graphic card. Quite logical has he got similar power to twelve year later processors like current low range in i3 or Ryzen 5. It his very reliable : it is always ready in a computer that never stopped working during this time with 3 appartement moves and several changes in the PC (RAM, PCI Cards, drives etc..).—Feb '23


2 years ago.

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


3 years ago.

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


5 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


3 months ago.

first computer


2 years ago.

served me well @4ghz for years


5 years ago.

still chugging along

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