Intel Core i7 960 

Released October, 2009
  • 3.2 GHz
  • Quad core
5.2 Out of 10

I've had this processor for just a little under 3 years and I've got to say for only being a quad core the 960 can handle almost anything you throw at it.
by bigkahuna360 (Mar, 2012)
Vengeance Performance 3 x 4 GΒ DDR3-1600 - PC3-12800 - CL9 (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9) RAM Kit finally wrapped this up with.
by sip06pp (May, 2012)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 960 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i7 960
6.2
FX 6300
6.2
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i7 960
5.9
FX 6300
6.6
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i7 960
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i7 960
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i7 960
5.4
FX 6300
6.0
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i7 960
5.3
FX 6300
6.5
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i7 960
5.2
FX 6300
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 960

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 960
8,542
Core i7 4770K
14,184
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 960
2,139
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 960
142,700 MB/s
Core i7 4770K
4,810,000 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 960
8,363
Core i7 4770K
14,351
FX 6300
7,447

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 960
9,114
Core i7 4770K
15,778
FX 6300
8,232

GeekBench

Core i7 960
10,939
Core i7 4770K
18,498
FX 6300
9,503

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 960
5,938
Core i7 4770K
10,016
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 960
1,387
FX 6300
1,446

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 960


9.7
It doesn't really run to hot considering its 45nm and it can overclock to a good speed.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Overclocking

No need to overclock just yet but all systems are ready to go.
by sip06pp (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.46 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 1366
Is unlocked No

features

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

bus

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

details

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 24
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 103
Overclock review score 5
Overclocked clock speed 4.35 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.33 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,920.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.35 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 1.89 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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