CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 870 vs 860 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

3.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 870 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 870 vs 860

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 870
8,046
Core i7 860
7,379

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 870
2,243
Core i7 860
2,065

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 870
142,100 MB/s
Core i7 860
134,600 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 870
7,874
Core i7 860
7,260

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 870
8,534
Core i7 860
8,106

GeekBench

Core i7 870
10,143
Core i7 860
8,959

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 870
5,398
Core i7 860
5,051

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 870
1,300
Core i7 860
1,226

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 870  vs
860 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.46 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1156
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 95W
Annual home energy cost 42.57 $/year 53.98 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 120.89 $/year 157.68 $/year
Performance per watt 1.11 pt/W 0.96 pt/W
Idle power consumption 70W 85.4W
Peak power consumption 138W 180W
Typical power consumption 121W 156.35W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Core i7 870  vs
860 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 774,000,000 774,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 22 21
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.7°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 37 130
Overclocked clock speed 4.1 GHz 4.14 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz 4.15 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.1 GHz 4.14 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 16,384 MB
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