Average Bench: 73.7% (225th of 1276)

Based on 3,075 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 65%Average: 73.7% Great: 82%
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 26.3% 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 90Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 81.2Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 970 is just 16.4%. 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 594Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 487Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,075 samples)
Min Avg Max
80 Memory 90 96.6
72 1-Core 81.2 96.7
136 2-Core 161 192
67.9% 111 Pts
Min Avg Max
250 4-Core 311 372
402 8-Core 487 579
50.9% 399 Pts
Min Avg Max
471 64-Core 594 710
39.9% 594 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 92.1
1-Core 80.8
2-Core 159
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 318
8-Core 484
51% 401 Pts
64-Core 602
40% 602 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.8
1-Core 78.4
2-Core 155
68% 109 Pts
4-Core 313
8-Core 478
51% 396 Pts
64-Core 571
38% 571 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.5
1-Core 81
2-Core 162
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 314
8-Core 523
53% 419 Pts
64-Core 613
41% 613 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.1
1-Core 80.8
2-Core 161
67% 110 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 496
52% 410 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 84.9
1-Core 81.8
2-Core 163
67% 110 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 506
53% 415 Pts
64-Core 615
41% 615 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.6
1-Core 79.9
2-Core 160
65% 108 Pts
4-Core 302
8-Core 447
48% 375 Pts
64-Core 528
35% 528 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.8
1-Core 79.8
2-Core 147
66% 105 Pts
4-Core 271
8-Core 448
46% 359 Pts
64-Core 516
35% 516 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 2,294 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $874

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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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8 months ago.

I own one, and was a completely uninformed buyer.


Excellent

16 days 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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