Average Bench: 73.4% (261st of 1316)

Based on 3,301 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 65%Average: 73.4% Great: 84%
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 26.6% 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. Memory Latency 89.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 81.6Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 970 is just 18.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7 970 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 598Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 490Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,301 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.6 Memory 89.1 96.3
70.4 1-Core 81.6 99.6
129 2-Core 161 195
67.8% 111 Pts
Min Avg Max
239 4-Core 312 390
383 8-Core 490 603
51.2% 401 Pts
Min Avg Max
477 64-Core 598 735
40.1% 598 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.9
1-Core 79
2-Core 163
70% 113 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 496
53% 411 Pts
64-Core 615
41% 615 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.2
1-Core 87.7
2-Core 172
73% 119 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 548
55% 436 Pts
64-Core 662
44% 662 Pts
J1PR, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
Memory 91.5
1-Core 81.2
2-Core 162
69% 112 Pts
4-Core 328
8-Core 526
54% 427 Pts
64-Core 619
42% 619 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.8
1-Core 79
2-Core 162
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 502
53% 413 Pts
64-Core 604
41% 604 Pts
J1PR, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.9
1-Core 81.6
2-Core 163
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 328
8-Core 532
54% 430 Pts
64-Core 610
41% 610 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.7
1-Core 80.8
2-Core 159
68% 110 Pts
4-Core 287
8-Core 497
49% 392 Pts
64-Core 605
41% 605 Pts
J1PR, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.6
1-Core 81.1
2-Core 162
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 530
54% 427 Pts
64-Core 612
41% 612 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 44,091,257 CPUs tested.

 Prices

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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 2,978 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Average Total price: $898

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-970 Processor (12M Cache, 3.20 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)
Code NameGulftown
Launch DateQ3'10
Processor Numberi7-970
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache12 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
VID Voltage Range0.800V-1.375V
Recommended Price$594.00
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 InstructionsYes

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 Size239 mm2

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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2 months ago.

I own one, and was a completely uninformed buyer.


Excellent

5 months ago.

Love it fast enough too play new games in 2020 at 200fps steady paired with a Asus dual OC gtx 1060 but probably even better with a RTX 2060super too reach full potential


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