Average Bench: 46.9% (301st of 1182)

Based on 9,750 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 30%Average: 46.9% Great: 55%
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 53.0% 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 78.4Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 152Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is 24.5%. 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 378Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 374Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,750 samples)
Min Avg Max
60.6 1-Core 78.4 88.8
111 2-Core 152 173
54.5% 115 Pts
Min Avg Max
163 4-Core 267 324
220 8-Core 374 434
41.6% 320 Pts
Min Avg Max
230 64-Core 378 442
25.4% 378 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
1-Core 110
2-Core 221
78% 166 Pts
4-Core 396
8-Core 472
58% 434 Pts
64-Core 474
32% 474 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 92.3
2-Core 177
64% 135 Pts
4-Core 323
8-Core 454
50% 389 Pts
64-Core 454
30% 454 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 78.5
2-Core 159
56% 119 Pts
4-Core 296
8-Core 390
45% 343 Pts
64-Core 401
27% 401 Pts
Socket 423, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz
1-Core 80.2
2-Core 160
56% 120 Pts
4-Core 276
8-Core 398
44% 337 Pts
64-Core 407
27% 407 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.1
2-Core 160
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 273
8-Core 407
44% 340 Pts
64-Core 404
27% 404 Pts
Socket 423, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
1-Core 77.1
2-Core 155
54% 116 Pts
4-Core 270
8-Core 389
43% 330 Pts
64-Core 390
26% 390 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 85.2
2-Core 123
52% 104 Pts
4-Core 262
8-Core 388
42% 325 Pts
64-Core 365
24% 365 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 78.2
2-Core 146
53% 112 Pts
4-Core 250
8-Core 369
40% 309 Pts
64-Core 388
26% 388 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,452,676 CPUs tested.

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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 4,425 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
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Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 36%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 38% - Below average Total price: $755

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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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Good

8 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

19 months ago.

still chugging along


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