Average Bench: 54% (310th of 1159)

Based on 9,143 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000106A5, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 37%Average: 54% Great: 63%
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7 960 averaged 45.9% 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

Single Core Floating Point Speed 80.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 77.7Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 960 is 25.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7 960 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 390Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 378Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,143 samples)
Min Avg Max
56.7 SC Int 74.9 84.2
61.2 SC Float 80.6 91.1
55.8 SC Mixed 77.7 87.9
62.2% 77.8 Pts
Min Avg Max
167 QC Int 254 310
184 QC Float 274 334
169 QC Mixed 264 325
59.8% 264 Pts
Min Avg Max
233 MC Int 363 412
250 MC Float 390 444
241 MC Mixed 378 434
56.4% 377 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
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)
SC Int 78.2
SC Float 84
SC Mixed 81
65% 81.1 Pts
QC Int 313
QC Float 327
QC Mixed 326
73% 322 Pts
MC Int 390
MC Float 419
MC Mixed 406
61% 405 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 77.8
SC Float 84.3
SC Mixed 80.2
65% 80.8 Pts
QC Int 279
QC Float 317
QC Mixed 314
69% 303 Pts
MC Int 387
MC Float 419
MC Mixed 407
60% 404 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 75.6
SC Float 81.2
SC Mixed 78.4
63% 78.4 Pts
QC Int 278
QC Float 310
QC Mixed 313
68% 300 Pts
MC Int 378
MC Float 408
MC Mixed 398
59% 395 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 73.5
SC Float 85.2
SC Mixed 83.8
65% 80.8 Pts
QC Int 297
QC Float 302
QC Mixed 300
68% 300 Pts
MC Int 362
MC Float 393
MC Mixed 376
56% 377 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 78.1
SC Float 84.6
SC Mixed 81.6
65% 81.4 Pts
QC Int 302
QC Float 336
QC Mixed 268
68% 302 Pts
MC Int 392
MC Float 426
MC Mixed 415
62% 411 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 77.3
SC Float 83.2
SC Mixed 79.8
64% 80.1 Pts
QC Int 241
QC Float 260
QC Mixed 257
57% 252 Pts
MC Int 368
MC Float 389
MC Mixed 377
57% 378 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
SC Int 75.9
SC Float 80.5
SC Mixed 79
63% 78.5 Pts
QC Int 247
QC Float 272
QC Mixed 257
59% 259 Pts
MC Int 375
MC Float 382
MC Mixed 354
56% 371 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 1.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 43.9
SC Float 44
SC Mixed 34.4
33% 40.8 Pts
QC Int 83.2
QC Float 101
QC Mixed 95.8
21% 93.3 Pts
MC Int 145
MC Float 130
MC Mixed 138
21% 138 Pts
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Desktop
Desktop 55%
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Workstation
Workstation 40%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $714

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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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Excellent

1 month ago.

Great overclocker and price


Good

6 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

17 months ago.

still chugging along


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