Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-970 AT80613005490AD (BX80613I7970)
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Lance S., Newegg
16 November 2014
Summary: If you need the extra speed and efficiency that the Intel processor architecture brings up and you can spend the extra $200, then I would definitely look at the six-core chips for the extra 2 cores.
Pros: This processor is fast enough for most people that want to spend the extra money. It powers through video and audio encoding tasks quickly with power to spare and anything else you can throw at it is quickly completed. I upgraded from a Q6600 and what a upgrade on speed! The processor can be over...
Cons: Slightly expensive for a cpu, however this is what you pay when you get a Intel. The other shortcoming is the lack of options you have when you choose to upgrade your processor, as you usually have to buy a entirely new motherboard, as the processor socket is different and won't fit your older chip.
Pros: This is one of the best processors I've owned, the other being the Q6600 from Intel. This thing is stable is heck, and chews through anything I throw at it without any trouble. 1080p video encode WHILE playing games without any lag or stutter. It will run at 100% usage on all cores for hours at 60*C
Cons: I'll have to upgrade my CPU in about 10years.
Summary: I unpacked and fired up my i7-970/MSI X58 Pro setup for the first time in a year. It is one FAST combination! Geekbench 2.1 scores for processing topped 19000, but other factors brought the total system score down to 14,600 - 14,700 range. Not bad for being a few generations back.
Pros: Tolerates overclocking well. I have it running at 4GHz on air (bclock 167MHz). Multithreading video processing is satisfyingly fast.
Pros: 6 cores chew through everything quickly. The only thing I've found that makes them work hard is video conversion. Runs fairly cool, I have the stock cooler on it and it stays below 95F idle. The stock cooler is pretty hefty and huge, so unless you're going to really push this thing or OC it, you ...
Cons: I wish it was a bit more efficient, 130W is a lot. Kinda pricey.
Excerpt: I upgraded to the i7 970 from the 920 with the Intel Retail Edge program. Best investment I have made into my rig. Period. This chip is also highly overlooked, given that at the launch price the 980X or 990X could be had for not much more.
Summary: List Of My Built: Thermaltake level 10GT Case EVGA X58 Classified3 Mobo Intel i7-970 Gulftown 3.2Ghz (Overclock to 4.1Ghz) Intel CPU cooler (Stock CPU cooler came with i7-970) Triple Channel 12G. Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (Set target to 1066Mhz for overclock) ATi FirePro V7800 Graphic Card, 2G.
Pros: This is a GREAT! GREAT! CPU, I bought this for my first custom build. My other good computer is out of date (7 years old Sony Intel Pentium4 3.0 Ghz). This CPU is the same specs as the extreme version except the i7-970 multiplier's locked and the extreme version just few more Mhz is added to it. ...
Pros: I've had this for a month now and chose it over the Sandybridge ones for the 6core/12thread capability. with just an H50 cooler, it instantly OC'd to 4.2ghz and maxxed out at 75degrees on Prime. Very stable and cool, great CPU