Average Bench: 50.4% (350th of 1206)

Based on 10,727 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 37%Average: 50.4% Great: 57%
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 49.6% 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 78.7Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 153Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is 20.9%. 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 381Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 377Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,727 samples)
Min Avg Max
57 1-Core 78.7 89.3
110 2-Core 153 175
54.8% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
188 4-Core 270 326
227 8-Core 377 442
42% 324 Pts
Min Avg Max
230 64-Core 381 449
25.6% 381 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 89.7
2-Core 182
64% 136 Pts
4-Core 284
8-Core 445
46% 365 Pts
64-Core 437
29% 437 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.4
2-Core 162
57% 122 Pts
4-Core 315
8-Core 405
47% 360 Pts
64-Core 412
28% 412 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.6
2-Core 164
58% 123 Pts
4-Core 290
8-Core 407
45% 349 Pts
64-Core 413
28% 413 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 80.5
2-Core 136
52% 108 Pts
4-Core 288
8-Core 414
45% 351 Pts
64-Core 396
27% 396 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.4
2-Core 154
56% 118 Pts
4-Core 271
8-Core 401
43% 336 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 83.8
2-Core 132
53% 108 Pts
4-Core 259
8-Core 407
42% 333 Pts
64-Core 414
28% 414 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 80.7
2-Core 161
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 256
8-Core 357
40% 306 Pts
64-Core 383
26% 383 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 5,271 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: 36% - Below average Total price: $758

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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

13 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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