Average Bench: 50.1% (354th of 1206)

Based on 10,185 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 37%Average: 50.1% Great: 57%
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 49.9% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 78.5Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 152Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is 20.4%. 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 383Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 377Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,185 samples)
Min Avg Max
58.7 1-Core 78.5 89.9
110 2-Core 152 175
54.5% 115 Pts
Min Avg Max
185 4-Core 267 325
242 8-Core 377 436
41.8% 322 Pts
Min Avg Max
273 64-Core 383 448
25.7% 383 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 97.3
2-Core 193
68% 145 Pts
4-Core 380
8-Core 441
55% 411 Pts
64-Core 472
32% 472 Pts
J1PR, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 93.6
2-Core 183
65% 138 Pts
4-Core 349
8-Core 458
53% 403 Pts
64-Core 457
31% 457 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 97.1
2-Core 194
68% 146 Pts
4-Core 332
8-Core 474
52% 403 Pts
64-Core 477
32% 477 Pts
Socket 423, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.5
2-Core 161
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 321
8-Core 407
48% 364 Pts
64-Core 397
27% 397 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.5
2-Core 162
57% 122 Pts
4-Core 309
8-Core 404
47% 357 Pts
64-Core 408
27% 408 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 91.2
2-Core 169
62% 130 Pts
4-Core 275
8-Core 389
43% 332 Pts
64-Core 370
25% 370 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 80.4
2-Core 163
57% 122 Pts
4-Core 287
8-Core 409
45% 348 Pts
64-Core 409
28% 409 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 78.7
2-Core 147
54% 113 Pts
4-Core 238
8-Core 352
38% 295 Pts
64-Core 400
27% 400 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 5,029 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 44%
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Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 36%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $724

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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

Added n/a ago.

Good

12 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

23 months ago.

still chugging along


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