Average Bench: 68.5% (355th of 1314)

Based on 13,784 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 58%Average: 68.5% Great: 76%
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 31.5% 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 88.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 78.4Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is just 17.9%. 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 382Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 379Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,784 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.8 Memory 88.3 95.6
61.2 1-Core 78.4 89.6
116 2-Core 152 176
65.7% 106 Pts
Min Avg Max
192 4-Core 267 325
262 8-Core 379 436
41.8% 323 Pts
Min Avg Max
269 64-Core 382 441
25.7% 382 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
Memory 88.6
1-Core 79.9
2-Core 162
67% 110 Pts
4-Core 283
8-Core 405
44% 344 Pts
64-Core 375
25% 375 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 91
1-Core 82.1
2-Core 161
69% 111 Pts
4-Core 269
8-Core 399
43% 334 Pts
64-Core 405
27% 405 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.9
1-Core 80.9
2-Core 163
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 291
8-Core 407
45% 349 Pts
64-Core 407
27% 407 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.4
1-Core 81.4
2-Core 160
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 259
8-Core 412
43% 336 Pts
64-Core 400
27% 400 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 87
1-Core 81.3
2-Core 159
67% 109 Pts
4-Core 214
8-Core 356
36% 285 Pts
64-Core 401
27% 401 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 1.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 38.2
1-Core 19.9
2-Core 28.7
21% 28.9 Pts
4-Core 45
8-Core 66.2
7% 55.6 Pts
64-Core 68.7
5% 68.7 Pts
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Typical Core i7 960 Builds (Compare 2,882 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Raft

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $792

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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

14 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

8 months ago.

i have one with ocz ram (4gb x 3) and it works fine with 1gb gpu


Good

2 years 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

3 years ago.

still chugging along


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