Average Bench: 73.5% (281st of 1369)

Based on 4,297 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 65%Average: 73.5% Great: 83%
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 26.4% 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 88.5Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 317Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 970 is just 17.6%. 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 Speed 608Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 501Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,297 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.3 Memory 88.5 96.1
68.8 1-Core 82.3 101
134 2-Core 164 201
66.7% 112 Pts
Min Avg Max
247 4-Core 317 385
400 8-Core 501 616
50.3% 409 Pts
Min Avg Max
492 64-Core 608 748
37.6% 608 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.4
1-Core 83.3
2-Core 159
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 325
8-Core 444
49% 385 Pts
64-Core 540
33% 540 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.5
1-Core 79.5
2-Core 160
67% 111 Pts
4-Core 318
8-Core 434
48% 376 Pts
64-Core 566
35% 566 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.5
1-Core 83.2
2-Core 158
68% 112 Pts
4-Core 304
8-Core 496
49% 400 Pts
64-Core 594
37% 594 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.8
1-Core 82.8
2-Core 165
65% 111 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 494
51% 410 Pts
64-Core 585
36% 585 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.4
1-Core 80.9
2-Core 147
66% 107 Pts
4-Core 277
8-Core 407
43% 342 Pts
64-Core 510
32% 510 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 84.6
2-Core 166
66% 112 Pts
4-Core 315
8-Core 496
50% 406 Pts
64-Core 565
35% 565 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.8
1-Core 83
2-Core 167
65% 111 Pts
4-Core 299
8-Core 480
48% 390 Pts
64-Core 593
37% 593 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.4
1-Core 71.8
2-Core 137
59% 97 Pts
4-Core 225
8-Core 380
37% 302 Pts
64-Core 423
26% 423 Pts
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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 421 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Extreme

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $1,631

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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

Added n/a ago.

Excellent

23 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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