Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition


Intel started Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition sales 12 November 2012. This is Sandy Bridge architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3500 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is processor with a TDP of 150 Watt.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 14.25 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

General info

Of Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
Intel Core i7EE
Architecture codename
Sandy Bridge
Release date
12 November 2012
Price now
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition'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 Extreme Edition's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
Number of threads
Maximum frequency
3.5 GHz
Bus support
5 GT/s
L2 cache
1,536 KB
of 8192 (Opteron 3380)
L3 cache
15 MB
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
64 bit support


Information on Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 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 (Uniprocessor)
Power consumption (TDP)
150 Watt
of 650 (Atom Z500)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition.
Maximum memory size
64 GB


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

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance


3DMark Fire Strike Physics


Game benchmarks

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

Relative perfomance

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

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition from AMD is Ryzen 3 3100, which is faster by 3% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

User rating

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