Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-920 AT80601000741AA (BX80601920)
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Intel Core i7 920 and 940 CPU review
25 March 2012
Conclusion: After the disaster that was the Pentium 4, Intel have learned some valuable lessons that they show little sign of forgetting at present, forging ahead with improving both manufacturing process technologies at one point in time, and then their actual architecture at the next, bringing us as consumers a constant pattern of performance improvements and innovations that constantly ramp up the pressure on Intel's natural rivals, AMD.
Conclusion: This processor cost a bit more than the average one on the market. The Core i7 has been quite expensive to be honest and therefore Intel is releasing a Core i5 to be a more middle class cpu that people can afford.
Summary: If you're a computer enthusiast, you're likely already familiar with Intel's Core i7 processors, which have been widely hailed as the fastest desktop processors available on the market today. Introduced at the end of 2008, Intel's newest desktop processors are finally maturing and becoming more accessible in the market. It's time to take a look a fresh look at the Core i7 processor.
Summary: Despite the shortcomings that our engineering samples had, we were still extremely impressed with the performance of the Intel i7 920. The overclocking ability of the chip alone makes it a must have. Reports across the internet of the new D0 stepping of the chip have the overclocks reaching above 4 GHz and overall running much cooler than the C0 stepping that we tested.
Summary: At a price of $285.99, the Core I7 920 falls into the mainstream class of processors. A processor made for the masses. There are other mainstream processors that are less expensive but may not utilize the latest technologies or may fall short on overall performance.
For the price of the processor, the performance was exceptional, it performed all benchmarks with ease and swept just about every category, and the headroom available for overclocking is easily obtainable...
Summary: As we move onto gaming performance, we decided to start things off with 3DMark 06 instead of 3DMark Vantage. At anything other than default resolutions, 3DMark Vantage appears to be more GPU limited that CPU limited and with the two HD4850 cards in Crossfire, we have a decent amount of graphics horsepower, but not lots. We ran 3DMark 06 at stock settings, as well as bumped up the eye-candy and resolution to 1680x1050 and finally 1920x1200. The Phenom II and Core i7...
Pros: Low-end Core i7 CPU has excellent performance, Amazing overclocking ability, Many microarchitecture improvements, Triple-channel memory offers tremendous bandwidth capability, Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost give it a huge edge over the competition
Cons: Consumes lots of power at idle - even with SpeedStep enabled, Hyper Threading slows down some applications, Platform is a bit expensive
So we get back to my original question: “Is the i7 all hype?” Looking at the physical architectural differences between the i7 and the Core 2 series, Intel has made some significant changes in their new processor line. The Nehalem is not just a warmed-over Core 2 Quad, there are enough changes in the architecture and processes in the new processor that I consider it very loosely based on the earlier CPU line.
Pros: Significant architectural and process differences with the Core 2 series, Out of the box performance blows away the C2D E8400, Overclocking monster with huge performance increases
Excerpt: With the introduction of the new Intel Core i7 processor architecture, the company affectionately known as "Chipzilla" from Santa Clara has once again topped itself on the performance charts. Core i7 chips deliver significantly better performance per clock cycle, while at the same time being more power-efficient versus its predecessors.
Pros: Easy Overclock to ~3.5 GHz, Most Should Hit 4.0 GHz (with work), Performance Scales Well Per Clock
Cons: Sizable Power Needs at High Clock Speeds, Stock Cooler Struggles at 3.5 GHz+ Levels, Expensive Motherboards Required
Conclusion: Well the day has finally arrived where the Intel Core series of processors aren't just hype, rumor, and innuendo anymore. Much of the marketing hype that was circulating before these processors were sent out for review has proven to be true and their new processor line is truly the fastest on the planet.
Pros: The third fastest processor currently on the planet, The price is definitely right, Tri-channel DDR3 offers an average of 33% more memory bandwidth, Utilization of SMT (Hyper-Threading) greatly enhances performance, Increased parallelism effectively allows 8 threads to be run, Finally a turbo mode that does something meaningful
Cons: A new X58 based motherboard will be required, New power efficient memory will likely be required