Summary: Not an inexpensive CPU, but if you're not on a tight budget, you'll get plenty of bang for these bucks! It has SIX cores, each with TWO execution modules. So when you bring up the Windows Task Manager you actually see TWELVE CPUs in the "Performance" tab! Give you plenty of horsepower for virtualizing or hot games. Runs VMs beautifully with the VTx and Nested Paging features.
Summary: I'd you're on the LGA 1366 platform and disappointed by its short production lifespan, this CPU makes sense. I previously had the i7-950, a four core which I was able to OC to 4.0 24/7 stable with H/T on. With this CPU, I was again able to get to 4.0 clock speed, 24/7 stable with HT on except now 2 more physical cores. When I coupled this CPU with an SSD, everything became noticeably faster.
Keeping up with Sandybridge E's for half the price.
23 January 2012
Summary: This cpu is competitive with cpu's from 2 generations later. That makes it one of the best buys of 2009. Today it is a great cpu to take a ageing X58 platform to its maximum potential. The bigger brothers of this cpu the 980, 980x, 990x are all well overpriced next to the 970 as of this writeup date. The 970 gives you the performance and value of a brand new system with a smaller budget. The 6 cores help to future proof it for a few more years.
Summary: This is a very fast processor! 6 cores and 3.2 Ghz!! The price vs. performance ratio is much better than that of a 980x or 990x. I would recommend this to anyone who can make use of multi-threaded apps such as video editing / dvd authoring, etc.
Summary: The Intel Core i7 970... with Socket 1366 phasing out, lacking an unlocked multiplier, AMD's Bulldozer now here and Ivy Bridge around the corner, one wonders the logic behind buying this processor at this stage of the CPU game? There are several factors where this processor makes A LOT of sense for me. It may make a lot of sense for you too: - I have a high end Socket 1366 motherboard and didn't want to invest in a new socket.
The Best Boost to Overall Compute Performance to Date
29 August 2011
Summary: I've been building computers (as a hobby) for the last 15 years and must say I was amazed how much faster my i7 950 was over my AMD 1090T. However, I'm really amazed by the overall performance boost when I purchased the i7 970 6-core (12 if you include the logical cores) processor. Even in non-multi-threaded applications, there seems to be an overall boost to system performance and also stability. I do a lot of compressing and encryption.