Intel Core i7-950: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-950

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-950 sales on June 2009 at a recommended price of $290. This is 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 DDR3-800, DDR3-1066 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 3.53 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.63
 
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Series
Core i7 (Desktop)
 
Architecture codename
Bloomfield
 
Launch date
June 2009 (12 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$290
 
Price now
$272 (0.9x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

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 cores
4 (Quad-Core)
 
Threads
8
 
Base clock speed
3.06 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
3.33 GHz
 
Bus support
1333 MHz
 
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 896 (Xeon W-2170B)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
L3 cache
8 MB (shared)
 
Chip lithography
45 nm
 
of 5 (Apple M1)
Die size
263 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors
731 million
 
of 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support
+
 
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.375V
 

Compatibility

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 configuration
1
 
Socket
FCLGA1366
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
130 Watt
 

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 extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost Technology
1.0
 
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 
PAE
36 Bit
 

Security technologies

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

TXT
+
 
EDB
+
 

Virtualization technologies

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

VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

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 types
DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 5900HX)
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
Max memory channels
3
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 

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.

Overall 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.

3.53

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.

3652

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.

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.

5.2

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.

14558

Passmark

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.

3102

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

4900

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-950 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

This processor matches 88% minimum and 80% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
88%
Recommended
80%
Minimum
88%
Recommended
80%

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-950 from AMD is A10-7700K, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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