Intel Core i7-3970X

18 Reasons why Intel Core i7-3970X is better

than the average

1.Appreciably faster CPU clock speed
6 x 3.5GHzvs 4.7 x 2.3GHz (the average)
vs 8 x 8GHz (best: AMD Opteron 6220)
2.Substantially higher ram speed
1600MHzvs 1416MHz (the average)
vs 2873MHz (best: Samsung Exynos 7420)
It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
3.Significantly more CPU threads
12vs 7 (the average)
vs 48 (best: Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4)
More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
4.Sizably bigger L1 cache
384KBvs 271KB (the average)
vs 1536KB (best: AMD Opteron 6180 SE)
A larger L1 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
5.Clearly higher PassMark result
12923vs 5515 (the average)
vs 17470 (best: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084)
This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.
6.Significantly higher GeekBench result
17368vs 6191 (the average)
vs 22113 (best: Intel Core i7-4960X)
This is a cross-platform benchmark that measures the performance of the CPU. (Source: Primate Labs, 2016)
7.Considerably more memory bandwidth
51.2GB/svs 30.7GB/s (the average)
vs 192.2GB/s (best: Intel Xeon E5504)
This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.
8.Distinctly higher turbo clock speed
4GHzvs 3GHz (the average)
vs 5GHz (best: AMD FX-9590)
When the CPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.
9.Uses hyperthreading technology
Yesvs No (59% don't have it)
Many of Intel's processors use hyperthreading, which means that each core of the processor can work on two threads at once instead of most processors which work on a single thread per core. This means you can have significant performance gains in certain applications.
10.Has an unlocked multiplier
Yesvs No (93% don't have it)
Some processors come with an unlocked multiplier which makes them easy to overclock, allowing you to gain increased performance in games and other applications.
11.Sizably more transistors
2270 millionvs 1458 million (the average)
vs 7100 million (best: Nvidia Tegra K1 (64-bit))
A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.
12.Explicitly bigger L3 cache
15MBvs 10MB (the average)
vs 60MB (best: Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4)
A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.
13.Clearly more memory channels
4vs 2 (the average)
vs 4 (best: Intel Core i7-3960X)
More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
14.Notably more L3 cache per core
2.5MB/corevs 1.8MB/core (the average)
vs 15MB/core (best: Intel Xeon E7-8893 v4)
More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.
15.Sizably higher PassMark result (single)
2047vs 1444 (the average)
vs 2546 (best: Intel Core i7-4790K)
This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.
16.Significantly higher PassMark result (overclocked)
15030vs 7138 (the average)
vs 18948 (best: Intel Core i7-5960X)
This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU whilst it is overclocked.
17.Distinctly higher clock multiplier
35vs 24 (the average)
vs 47 (best: Intel Core i7-4870HQ)
The clock multiplier controls the speed of the CPU.
18.A bit higher SSE version
4.2vs 4.1 (the average)
vs 4.2 (best: Intel Core i7-4770K)
SSE is used to speed up multimedia tasks such as editing an image or adjusting audio volume. Each new version contains new instructions and improvements.
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