Intel Core i7-970: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-970

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-970 sales 19 July 2010 at a recommended price of $662. This is Gulftown 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 3460 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 7.64 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX.

General info

Of Core i7-970 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.19
 
Type
Desktop
 
Architecture codename
Gulftown
 
Release date
19 July 2010
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$662
 
Price now
$238
 
of 15408 (Xeon W-2195)

Technical specs

Core i7-970's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-970's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
6
 
Number of threads
12
 
Base frequency
3.2 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Maximum frequency
3.46 GHz
 
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
of 5 (Apple M1)
Die size
239 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Transistor count
1,170 million
 
of 19200 (Ryzen 7 3700)
64 bit support
+
 
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.375V
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-970 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
FCLGA1366
 
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-970. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
AES-NI
+
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
1.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 
PAE
36 Bit
 

Security technologies

Core i7-970 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-970 are enumerated here.
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-970.
Supported memory types
DDR3-800, DDR3-1066
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
Max memory channels
3
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-970. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

7.64

Passmark

6767

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

7520

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-970 is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-970 performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-970 from AMD is Ryzen 3 2200G, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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