Average Bench: 68.5% (390th of 1355)

Based on 16,826 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 56%Average: 68.5% Great: 76%
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 31.5% 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 87.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 80Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is just 20%. 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 396Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 392Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 16,826 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.3 Memory 87.2 96.2
60.7 1-Core 80 86.4
112 2-Core 154 167
66% 107 Pts
Min Avg Max
184 4-Core 272 327
260 8-Core 392 433
42.9% 332 Pts
Min Avg Max
257 64-Core 396 434
26.6% 396 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 92.2
1-Core 83.7
2-Core 166
70% 114 Pts
4-Core 322
8-Core 429
49% 375 Pts
64-Core 424
28% 424 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.9
1-Core 84.4
2-Core 168
69% 113 Pts
4-Core 311
8-Core 421
48% 366 Pts
64-Core 427
29% 427 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.4
1-Core 82.2
2-Core 152
69% 110 Pts
4-Core 259
8-Core 371
41% 315 Pts
64-Core 393
26% 393 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 79.3
2-Core 145
66% 105 Pts
4-Core 271
8-Core 427
44% 349 Pts
64-Core 425
28% 425 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.3
1-Core 84.4
2-Core 168
67% 112 Pts
4-Core 323
8-Core 426
49% 374 Pts
64-Core 426
29% 426 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.8
1-Core 84.2
2-Core 152
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 286
8-Core 420
45% 353 Pts
64-Core 419
28% 419 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.9
1-Core 84.8
2-Core 162
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 275
8-Core 426
45% 350 Pts
64-Core 422
28% 422 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 53,521,410 CPUs tested.

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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 4,015 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $445

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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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Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

19 days ago.

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


Poor

9 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.


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Good

21 months ago.

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


Good

3 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

7 months ago.

served me well @4ghz for years


Excellent

4 years ago.

still chugging along


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