Average Bench: 55.6% (288th of 1206)

Based on 2,474 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 47%Average: 55.6% Great: 67%
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 44.4% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 81Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 161Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 970 is 20%. 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 593Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 488Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,474 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.1 1-Core 81 97.4
135 2-Core 161 194
56.9% 121 Pts
Min Avg Max
251 4-Core 313 385
395 8-Core 488 591
51.2% 401 Pts
Min Avg Max
480 64-Core 593 721
39.8% 593 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.8
2-Core 164
58% 124 Pts
4-Core 330
8-Core 498
53% 414 Pts
64-Core 620
42% 620 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.5
2-Core 164
58% 124 Pts
4-Core 328
8-Core 517
54% 422 Pts
64-Core 614
41% 614 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.3
2-Core 162
57% 122 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 491
52% 407 Pts
64-Core 593
40% 593 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 82.5
2-Core 160
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 320
8-Core 487
52% 404 Pts
64-Core 571
38% 571 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.6
2-Core 154
56% 118 Pts
4-Core 315
8-Core 513
52% 414 Pts
64-Core 616
41% 616 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 79.6
2-Core 164
57% 122 Pts
4-Core 308
8-Core 447
49% 378 Pts
64-Core 623
42% 623 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 71.7
2-Core 153
52% 113 Pts
4-Core 316
8-Core 477
51% 397 Pts
64-Core 612
41% 612 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 77.5
2-Core 163
56% 120 Pts
4-Core 275
8-Core 459
46% 367 Pts
64-Core 598
40% 598 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 24,129,006 CPUs tested.

 Prices

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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 5,297 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 47%
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Desktop
Desktop 55%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 44%
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Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $1,003

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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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11 months ago.

I own one, and was a completely uninformed buyer.


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