Average Bench: 55.2% (288th of 1197)

Based on 2,216 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 47%Average: 55.2% Great: 66%
Gaming
Gaming 55%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 44.7% 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 80.9Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 160Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7 970 is just 19.9%. 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 591Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 484Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,216 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.1 1-Core 80.9 96.9
135 2-Core 160 193
56.7% 120 Pts
Min Avg Max
247 4-Core 310 380
388 8-Core 484 586
50.7% 397 Pts
Min Avg Max
459 64-Core 591 714
39.7% 591 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 4.3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 106
2-Core 211
75% 158 Pts
4-Core 422
8-Core 688
70% 555 Pts
64-Core 796
53% 796 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 163
58% 122 Pts
4-Core 327
8-Core 509
53% 418 Pts
64-Core 607
41% 607 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.2
2-Core 158
56% 120 Pts
4-Core 327
8-Core 522
54% 424 Pts
64-Core 614
41% 614 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 162
57% 122 Pts
4-Core 322
8-Core 529
54% 425 Pts
64-Core 594
40% 594 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.05 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 80.9
2-Core 161
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 319
8-Core 478
51% 399 Pts
64-Core 601
40% 601 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz
1-Core 81
2-Core 162
57% 121 Pts
4-Core 298
8-Core 493
50% 396 Pts
64-Core 590
40% 590 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 77.3
2-Core 150
54% 114 Pts
4-Core 252
8-Core 451
44% 351 Pts
64-Core 376
25% 376 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 36.9
2-Core 162
42% 99.6 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 459
51% 392 Pts
64-Core 592
40% 592 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,816,548 CPUs tested.

 Prices

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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 4,866 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 38% - Below average Total price: $959

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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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I own one, and was a completely uninformed buyer.


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