Intel Core i7 950 

Released June, 2009
  • 3.06 GHz
  • Quad core
4 Out of 10

Both of these motherboards work great, but we could have saved ~$100.00 if we were to use a board like the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H which is a great little board and is available for under $100.00.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
If you are building a gaming rig, you will be happy either way that you go.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 950 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i7 950
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i7 950
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i7 950
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i7 950
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i7 950
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i7 950
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i7 950

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 950

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 950
137,000 MB/s
Core i5 3470
2,470,000 MB/s
Core i5 2400
2,260,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400


Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 950
Core i5 3470
Core i5 2400

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 950

4 Ghz was achieved with about 1.27v and 4.4 was with 1.33v. This chip runs really cool as well, but the included cooler is a joke.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

Benchmark Results: The true six cores of the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition was enough to edge out the four cores plus four threads of the Intel Core I7 950 in the SMP results by 8.6.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
In order to combat this we dropped the multiplier back to 22 brought the Bus speed to 197MHz, voltage was sitting at a comfortable 1.325 Volts and we were golden!
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
When comparing the Intel Core I7 950 to the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition they were separated by 12.2fps which is nearly 11% over the Phenom II.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)


Once all is said and done, we were able to knock off 26.3% of the time in wPrime!
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
Granted the margin is small, only ~4.3.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
The final gaming benchmark that we ran today was S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, this game lines up the processors how I figured they would be lined up all day, but I'll admit that I have been surprised throughout the day.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)


Colin McRae: DiRT2 shows that our AMD hex-core processors have the edge of the Intel Core Series processors.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
That was then, and a new day has dawned or at least the Intel Core I7 950 has gotten a serious price slash.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
Does the drop in price for the Intel Core I7 950 mean that we are going to see the end of the Intel Core I7 930?
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)


As stated the only difference is the frequency, the Intel Core I7 950 trots along at a comfortable pace of 3.06GHz thanks to the x23 multiplier and the 133MHz base clock speed.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
Gaming performance shows mixed results.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
Benchmark Results: The Intel Core I7 950 was able to knock off nearly 25 seconds from the time it took the Intel Core I7 930.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)


This CPU was really one of the best ones for overclocking.
by shinigamibob (Nov, 2011)
Now that we have a couple of stable overclock settings, we can see what kind of improvement we can expect.
by Legit Reviews (Dec, 2010)
State of art CPU, very good overclocking capabilities, and mostly noticeable: stays cool even when cooling it with a banana.
by Colt (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.06 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.33 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 1366
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE
  3. SSE2
  4. SSE4.1
  5. SSE3
  6. Supplemental SSE3
  7. SSE4.2
  8. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None


Architecture QPI
Data rate 19,200 MB/s
Transfer rate 4,800 MT/s
Clock speed 2,400 MHz


Architecture x86-64
Threads 8 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm
Transistor count 731,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 23
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C


Overclock popularity 285
Overclock review score 4.5
Overclocked clock speed 4.25 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.2 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,815.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.25 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 1.55 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1066
  2. DDR3-800
  3. DDR3
Channels Triple Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB
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