Average Bench: 74.7% (207th of 1258)

Based on 2,521 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 65%Average: 74.7% Great: 83%
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 62%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 25.2% 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 91.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 80.9Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 970 is just 18.5%. 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 493Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,521 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.4 Memory 91.7 96.9
71.4 1-Core 80.9 97
135 2-Core 161 194
68.5% 111 Pts
Min Avg Max
249 4-Core 313 379
409 8-Core 493 602
51.4% 403 Pts
Min Avg Max
476 64-Core 598 727
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 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.8
1-Core 95.9
2-Core 204
78% 132 Pts
4-Core 399
8-Core 633
66% 516 Pts
64-Core 766
51% 766 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.4
1-Core 81.5
2-Core 162
69% 112 Pts
4-Core 303
8-Core 495
51% 399 Pts
64-Core 600
40% 600 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84
1-Core 80.7
2-Core 162
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 502
53% 414 Pts
64-Core 576
39% 576 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 81.3
2-Core 162
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 281
8-Core 493
49% 387 Pts
64-Core 605
41% 605 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 31,797,553 CPUs tested.

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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 1,309 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $963

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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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3 months ago.

I own one, and was a completely uninformed buyer.


Excellent

3 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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