Intel Core i7-3820 vs i7-870

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Intel Core i7-3820 advantages

  • Operating frequency of this microprocessor is higher than the frequency of the Intel Core i7-870 processor.
  • The CPU supports AES extension to the instruction set, used to accelerate AES encryption and decryption. The technology is valuable if you need to protect your disk or network data.
  • The microprocessor has AVX instructions enabled. Although these extensions are not broadly used in applications yet, their support should improve in future apps.
  • Intel has plans to introduce more CPUs for Socket 2011, which is used by the CPU.

Intel Core i7-870 advantages

  • The processor is 27% more energy efficient than the Core i7-3820.

i7-3820 vs i7-870 specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important characteristics of the Intel Core i7-870 and Intel Core i7-3820 processors. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. While the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
9
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
0
 
 
8
 
8
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
3.9GHz
 
3.6GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
20
16
12
8
4
0
 
 
11MB
 
9MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
130W
 
95W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i7-3820       - Intel Core i7-870

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel Core i7-3820 vs Intel Core i7-870 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i7-3820 Core i7-870
General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Features AVX instructions,
Non-obsolete socket
  General recommendations:
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Needs more power
 

Drawbacks:

Operates at lower frequency,
Lacks some instructions,
The socket is obsolete

Similar processors

Core i7-3820 Core i7-870
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Intel Core i7-3820 and Intel Core i7-870.


Where to buy


The microprocessors are obsolete. Hence, the best place to find them is eBay. Marketplace vendors at Amazon may also have them for sale.
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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i7-3820 and Intel Core i7-870 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i7-3820Intel Core i7-870
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i7
Basic details
Model numberi7-3820i7-870
CPU part numberCM8061901049606BV80605001905AI
Box part numberBX80619I73820BX80605I7870
BXC80605I7870
Introduction dateFebruary 12, 2012September 8, 2009
Current official price$294 (as of Mar 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameSandy Bridge-ELynnfield
MicroarchitectureSandy BridgeNehalem
Technology (micron)0.0320.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket 2011Socket 1156
Frequency (MHz)36002933
Turbo Frequency (MHz)39003600 / 3467 / 3200 / 3200
Clock Multiplier3622
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)1024
L3 cache (KB)102408192
Max temperature (°C)66.872.7
TDP (Watt)13095
Max power dissipation (Watt) 189.78
Core voltage (V)0.6 - 1.35 
Cores4
Threads8
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution-+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels42
Supported memoryDDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i7-3820" or "Intel Core i7-870" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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