Core i7-950: specs and benchmarks


Aggregate performance score

Core i7-950 provides poor benchmark performance at 2.08% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.


Intel started Core i7-950 sales on June 2009 at a recommended price of $290. This is a Bloomfield architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, and is based on 45 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3330 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1366 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

Primary details

Core i7-950 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking1817
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation0.74
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesCore i7 (Desktop)
Architecture codenameBloomfield (2008−2010)
Release dateJune 2009 (15 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$290of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$135 (0.5x MSRP)of 15069 (EPYC 7663)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance per price, higher is better.

Detailed specifications

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Base clock speed3.06 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.33 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support1333 MHz
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 98304 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
L3 cache8 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography45 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size263 mm2
Maximum core temperature68 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors731 millionof 92000 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplierNo


Information on Core i7-950 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
Power consumption (TDP)130 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-950. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring-
Demand Based Switching-
PAE36 Bit

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.


Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-950's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3
Maximum memory size24 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels3of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth25.6 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support-

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-950. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-950 2.08


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i7-950 3211

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-950 463

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-950 1568

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

i7-950 3652

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i7-950 14558

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i7-950 5143

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

i7-950 5

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i7-950 4900

Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Core i7-950's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop CPUs.

A8-7600 100
Core i7-950 100
A10-7700K 99.52
A10-9700E 99.52

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i7-950 is PRO A8-8650B, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-950:

A10-7860K 101.92
A8-7600 100
Core i7-950 100
A10-7700K 99.52
A10-7800 99.52
A10-9700E 99.52

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i7-950, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i7-950 in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 1500 configurations using Core i7-950 in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.5% (7/1500)
RTX 4070 Ti GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
0.07% (1/1500)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.1% (2/1500)
RX 7900 XT Radeon RX 7900 XT
0.07% (1/1500)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.2% (3/1500)
RTX 4070 GeForce RTX 4070
0.07% (1/1500)
RX 7800 XT Radeon RX 7800 XT
0.07% (1/1500)
RTX 3070 Ti GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
0.07% (1/1500)
RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3070
0.2% (3/1500)
RTX 3060 Ti GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
0.4% (6/1500)

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