CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 3570K


Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, PassMark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core) and PassMark (Single Core)


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

PassMark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 960

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More l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better 3DMark11 physics score 6,630 vs 6,430 Around 5% better 3DMark11 physics score
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 38.81 $/year Around 20% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i5 3570K

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher turbo clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 3.46 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Much better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.6 vs 1.18 More than 35% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 2,012 vs 1,387 More than 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better performance per dollar 4.83 pt/$ vs 1.94 pt/$ Around 2.5x better performance per dollar
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Oct, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 24,576 MB Supports around 35% more RAM
Better geekbench (32-bit) score 10,832 vs 8,363 Around 30% better geekbench (32-bit) score
Better PassMark score 7,161 vs 5,938 More than 20% better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Overclocked) score 5,406.6 vs 3,920.8 Around 40% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 4.37 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Lower annual commercial energy cost 106 $/year vs 113.88 $/year More than 5% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 960 vs i5 3570K

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 960
Core i5 3570K

x264 HD 4.0

Core i7 960
80.4 fps
Core i5 3570K
100.16 fps

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Cinebench R11.5

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

Reviews Word on the street

Core i7 960  vs i5 3570K 

Vengeance Performance 3 x 4 GΒ DDR3-1600 - PC3-12800 - CL9 (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9) RAM Kit finally wrapped this up with.
Core i7 960

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 960  vs
i5 3570K 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.46 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1366
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX N/A 10.x
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz
3DMark06 N/A 5,339.9


Architecture QPI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 4,800 MT/s 5,000 MT/s


Core i7 960  vs
i5 3570K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 22 nm
Transistor count 731,000,000 1,400,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 34
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 67.4°C


Overclock popularity 103 470
Overclock review score 5 4
Overclocked clock speed 4.37 GHz 4.61 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 4.45 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,920.8 5,406.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.37 GHz 4.61 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 77W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 38.81 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 106 $/year
Performance per watt 5.96 pt/W 7.34 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 107.5W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB 32,768 MB
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