Average Bench: 73.2% (282nd of 1335)

Based on 3,778 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206C2, 1F8BFBFF000206C2, 0F8BFBFF000206C2 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 970 @ 3.20GHz
Poor: 63%Average: 73.2% Great: 82%
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7 970 averaged 26.8% 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 89Pts
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 19%. 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 599Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 489Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,778 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.4 Memory 89 96.1
68.5 1-Core 81.2 97.2
121 2-Core 160 194
67.6% 110 Pts
Min Avg Max
236 4-Core 311 385
369 8-Core 489 599
51% 400 Pts
Min Avg Max
465 64-Core 599 733
40.2% 599 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 89.3
1-Core 82.6
2-Core 158
68% 110 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 486
52% 406 Pts
64-Core 643
43% 643 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.6
1-Core 88.5
2-Core 172
70% 116 Pts
4-Core 302
8-Core 474
49% 388 Pts
64-Core 682
46% 682 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.1
1-Core 82.2
2-Core 162
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 312
8-Core 486
51% 399 Pts
64-Core 623
42% 623 Pts
Socket 1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.2
1-Core 82
2-Core 160
66% 109 Pts
4-Core 296
8-Core 477
49% 387 Pts
64-Core 586
39% 586 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.5
1-Core 93.6
2-Core 181
70% 119 Pts
4-Core 312
8-Core 487
51% 400 Pts
64-Core 475
32% 475 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.8
1-Core 81.7
2-Core 164
66% 110 Pts
4-Core 300
8-Core 457
48% 378 Pts
64-Core 544
36% 544 Pts
LGA1366, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 1.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 59.3
1-Core 15.7
2-Core 51.2
30% 42.1 Pts
4-Core 54.6
8-Core 81
9% 67.8 Pts
64-Core 96.8
6% 96.8 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,674,144 CPUs tested.

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Typical Core i7 970 Builds (Compare 3,591 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X58

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $1,561

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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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Poor (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

I own one, and was a completely uninformed buyer.


Excellent

12 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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