Intel Core i7-3970X Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Intel Core i7-3970X has 6 cores with 12 threads and is based on the 3. gen of the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition series. The processor uses a mainboard with the LGA 2011 socket and was released in Q4/2012.
Intel Core i7-3970X

CPU lineage

The segment in which we have classified the Intel Core i7-3970X. Here you can see if it is a desktop processor or a mobile processor or which processor may be the successor of the Intel Core i7-3970X.

Name: Intel Core i7-3970X
Family: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition
CPU group: Intel Core i 3000X
Segment: Desktop / Server
Generation: 3
Predecessor: --
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Intel Core i7-3970X can be overclocked. You will also find the clock frequencies of the processor (single-core and multi-core) here. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor.

CPU Cores / Threads: 6 / 12
Core architecture: normal
Cores: 6x
Hyperthreading / SMT: Yes
Overclocking: Yes
Frequency: 3.50 GHz
Turbo Frequency (1 Core): 4.00 GHz
Turbo Frequency (6 Cores): 4.00 GHz

Memory & PCIe

The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the processor. The memory bandwidth depends on several factors and is given in gigabytes per second.

Memory type: DDR3-1600
Max. Memory:
Memory channels: 4 (Quad Channel)
Bandwidth: --
ECC: No
PCIe:
AES-NI: Yes

Thermal Management

The Thermal Design Power (TDP for short) specifies the necessary cooling solution to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually only gives a rough idea of the real consumption of a CPU.

TDP (PL1): 150 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Intel Core i7-3970X as well as a list of the processors ISA extensions. We have documented the architecture and the manufacturing technology for you as well as the release date.

Technology: 32 nm
Chip design: Monolithic
Socket: LGA 2011
L2-Cache: --
L3-Cache: 15.00 MB
Architecture: Sandy Bridge E
Operating systems: Windows 10, Linux
Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d (C2 Stepping)
Instruction set (ISA): x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
Release date: Q4/2012
Release price: 820 $
Part Number: --
Documents: --

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Intel Core i7-3970X have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.


Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i5-3470 Intel Core i5-3470
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
803
Intel Core i5-6350HQ Intel Core i5-6350HQ
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
803
Intel Core i7-4600M Intel Core i7-4600M
2C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
803
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
801
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 1200 AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 1200
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
800
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 AMD Ryzen 3 1200
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
800
Intel Core i3-8130U Intel Core i3-8130U
2C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
799
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-1240U Intel Core i5-1240U
10C 12T @ 2.30 GHz
5021
Intel Xeon E5-1660 v2 Intel Xeon E5-1660 v2
6C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
5019
Intel Xeon E-2246G Intel Xeon E-2246G
6C 6T @ 4.10 GHz
4989
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
4981
Intel Xeon D-1548 Intel Xeon D-1548
8C 16T @ 2.00 GHz
4981
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
4973
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 1600
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
4970
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.

AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U
6C 12T @ 2.10 GHz
2654
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.30 GHz
2643
Intel Core i3-10320 Intel Core i3-10320
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
2633
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
2623
Intel Core i7-11370H Intel Core i7-11370H
4C 8T @ 3.30 GHz
2613
Intel Core i7-1195G7 Intel Core i7-1195G7
4C 8T @ 2.90 GHz
2602
Intel Core i7-3930k Intel Core i7-3930k
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
2588
Show all CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core) results



Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Intel Xeon E7-2850 v2 Intel Xeon E7-2850 v2
12C 24T @ 2.80 GHz
12822
Intel Core i5-8600K Intel Core i5-8600K
6C 6T @ 4.10 GHz
12809
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3
8C 16T @ 2.80 GHz
12797
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
12790
Intel Core i7-1255U Intel Core i7-1255U
10C 12T @ 2.70 GHz
12775
Intel Xeon E5-1650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-1650 v2
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
12750
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
12712
Show all Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark results



Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i3-4130 Intel Core i3-4130
2C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
136
Intel Core i5-4340M Intel Core i5-4340M
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
136
Intel Core i5-4690T Intel Core i5-4690T
4C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
136
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
135
Intel Pentium Gold G6400TE Intel Pentium Gold G6400TE
2C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
135
Intel Core i7-4710HQ Intel Core i7-4710HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
135
Intel Core i7-8500Y Intel Core i7-8500Y
2C 4T @ 4.20 GHz
135
Show all Cinebench R15 (Single-Core) results



Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-5820K Intel Core i7-5820K
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
1085
Intel Core i3-10320 Intel Core i3-10320
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1080
Intel Core i7-8700T Intel Core i7-8700T
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
1068
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1065
Intel Xeon E5-1650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-1650 v2
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
1065
Intel Core i7-4930K Intel Core i7-4930K
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
1064
Intel Core i7-8750H Intel Core i7-8750H
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
1063
Show all Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core) results



Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 3 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Xeon Silver 4116T Intel Xeon Silver 4116T
12C 24T @ 3.00 GHz
3356
Intel Xeon Silver 4109T Intel Xeon Silver 4109T
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
3353
Intel Xeon E3-1265L v3 Intel Xeon E3-1265L v3
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
3352
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
3350
Intel Xeon Silver 4108 Intel Xeon Silver 4108
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
3347
Intel Core i7-4770HQ Intel Core i7-4770HQ
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
3346
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
3325
Show all Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core) results



Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 3 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i7-8700T Intel Core i7-8700T
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
20253
Intel Core i7-8750H Intel Core i7-8750H
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
20156
Intel Core i7-4960X Intel Core i7-4960X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
20120
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
19425
Intel Core i7-3960X Intel Core i7-3960X
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
19300
Intel Xeon E5-2637 v4 Intel Xeon E5-2637 v4
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
19262
Intel Xeon Silver 4108 Intel Xeon Silver 4108
8C 16T @ 2.30 GHz
19041
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i5-3570 Intel Core i5-3570
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
1.61
Intel Core i5-3570K Intel Core i5-3570K
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
1.61
Intel Xeon E5-1620 v3 Intel Xeon E5-1620 v3
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
1.61
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1.61
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
1.6
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
4C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
1.6
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U AMD Ryzen 3 3300U
4C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
1.6
Show all Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-8600 Intel Core i5-8600
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
10.23
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v6 Intel Xeon E3-1280 v6
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
10.19
Intel Core i7-3930k Intel Core i7-3930k
6C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
10.16
Intel Core i7-3970X Intel Core i7-3970X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
10.12
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
9.97
Intel Core i5-8500B Intel Core i5-8500B
6C 6T @ 3.70 GHz
9.96
Intel Core i5-8500 Intel Core i5-8500
6C 6T @ 3.70 GHz
9.96
Show all Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



Leaderboards

In our leaderboards, we have clearly compiled the best processors for specific categories for you. The leaderboards are always up to date and are regularly updated by us. The best processors are selected according to popularity and speed in benchmarks as well as the price-performance ratio.


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