Average Bench: 68.6% (312th of 1255)

Based on 11,816 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 56%Average: 68.6% Great: 76%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 31.3% 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 89.8Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 77.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is 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 375Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 371Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 11,816 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.9 Memory 89.8 96.8
52.9 1-Core 77.4 85.2
98.4 2-Core 149 164
65.6% 105 Pts
Min Avg Max
171 4-Core 260 319
243 8-Core 371 417
40.9% 316 Pts
Min Avg Max
243 64-Core 375 417
25.2% 375 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 96.9
1-Core 94.8
2-Core 188
77% 126 Pts
4-Core 363
8-Core 476
55% 420 Pts
64-Core 473
32% 473 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.3
1-Core 93
2-Core 182
75% 123 Pts
4-Core 330
8-Core 473
52% 402 Pts
64-Core 472
32% 472 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.5
1-Core 83.9
2-Core 161
70% 112 Pts
4-Core 298
8-Core 396
45% 347 Pts
64-Core 400
27% 400 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.3
1-Core 83
2-Core 162
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 280
8-Core 373
43% 326 Pts
64-Core 351
24% 351 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.7
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 161
64% 107 Pts
4-Core 242
8-Core 325
37% 284 Pts
64-Core 343
23% 343 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 6,382 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 50%
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Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $860

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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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Average

4 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.


Good

19 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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