Intel Core i7-3970X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-3970X

Summary

Intel started Core i7-3970X sales on November 2012 at a recommended price of $593. This is Sandy Bridge-E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 4.00 GHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is a FCLGA2011 processor with a TDP of 150 Watt and a maximum temperature of 70 °C. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600 memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at 39.85 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

General info

Of Core i7-3970X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.32
 
Type
Desktop
 
Achitecture codename
Sandy Bridge-E
 
Release date
November 2012
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$593
 
of 999 (Xeon W3530)
Price now
$702
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-3970X's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-3970X's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
6
 
Number of threads
12
 
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
of 5 (FX-9590)
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 4096 (EPYC 7702)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
of 32768 (EPYC 7702)
L3 cache
15 MB (shared)
 
of 256 (EPYC 7702)
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
of 7 (Ryzen 3 3300)
Die size
435 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
67 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
70 °C
 
of 105 (Core i7-5557U)
Transistor count
2,270 million
 
of 19200 (Ryzen 7 3700)
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 
VID voltage range
0.6V-1.35V
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-3970X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
FCLGA2011
 
Power consumption (TDP)
150 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-3970X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
 
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
Smart Response
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 

Security technologies

Core i7-3970X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 
Identity Protection
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-3970X are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-3970X.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
 
Maximum memory size
64.45 GB
 
of 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels
4
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
51.2 GB / s
 
of 262.26 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i7-3970X's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 
of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-3970X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

39.85

Passmark

12677

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

12900

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-3970X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
7.4 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-3970X is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-3970X performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-3970X from AMD is Ryzen 5 1600, which is slower by 3% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

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