CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 4340 among desktop CPUs

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

7.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 970 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 970

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 970

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More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of Intel Core i3 4340

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Intel Core i3 4340

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 24,576 MB Supports around 35% more RAM

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 970 vs i3 4340

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 970
13,895
Core i3 4340
6,874

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 970
1,630,000 MB/s
Core i3 4340
4,470,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 970
13,330
Core i3 4340
6,710

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 970
14,174
Core i3 4340
7,453

GeekBench

Core i7 970
14,503
Core i3 4340
7,453

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 970  vs
i3 4340 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Hexa core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 54W
Annual home energy cost 50.09 $/year 13.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 144.8 $/year 47.3 $/year
Performance per watt 4.12 pt/W 19.1 pt/W
Typical power consumption 144.07W 43.88W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 0
Transfer rate 4,800 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 970  vs
i3 4340 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 4
L2 cache 2 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.44 GHz 3.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.56 GHz 3.6 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 4,185.5 4,161.4
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.44 GHz 3.73 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
DDR3-800
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB 32,768 MB
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