Average Bench: 47.3% (299th of 1184)

Based on 10,184 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 34%Average: 47.3% 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 52.7% 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 20.7%. 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 382Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 377Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,184 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.6 1-Core 78.7 89.3
116 2-Core 153 176
54.7% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
193 4-Core 269 324
271 8-Core 377 440
41.9% 323 Pts
Min Avg Max
278 64-Core 382 448
25.6% 382 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 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 78.9
2-Core 160
56% 119 Pts
4-Core 314
8-Core 409
47% 362 Pts
64-Core 407
27% 407 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
1-Core 78.8
2-Core 160
56% 119 Pts
4-Core 312
8-Core 407
47% 359 Pts
64-Core 405
27% 405 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 77.8
2-Core 156
55% 117 Pts
4-Core 279
8-Core 389
43% 334 Pts
64-Core 388
26% 388 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
1-Core 81.1
2-Core 149
55% 115 Pts
4-Core 277
8-Core 391
43% 334 Pts
64-Core 407
27% 407 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 73
2-Core 161
54% 117 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 383
42% 324 Pts
64-Core 404
27% 404 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
1-Core 77.4
2-Core 161
56% 119 Pts
4-Core 263
8-Core 398
42% 330 Pts
64-Core 397
27% 397 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81
2-Core 155
56% 118 Pts
4-Core 263
8-Core 351
40% 307 Pts
64-Core 367
25% 367 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 83.1
2-Core 150
56% 117 Pts
4-Core 235
8-Core 403
40% 319 Pts
64-Core 429
29% 429 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 83.3
2-Core 160
58% 122 Pts
4-Core 220
8-Core 382
38% 301 Pts
64-Core 393
26% 393 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 4,721 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 36%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 35% - Below average Total price: $752

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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

10 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

21 months ago.

still chugging along


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