Intel Quad-Core I7-920 2.66 GHz

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Intel Quad-Core I7-920 2.66 GHz

With faster, intelligent, multi-core technology that applies processing power where it's needed most, Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible b...

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Review of "Intel Quad-Core I7-920 2.66 GHz"

published 23/10/2010 | Coolchris330
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Pro Brilliant speed, great overclocker, easy installation
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"Vroom! The i7 is faster than light!"

The CORE i7 is a processor by Intel. It has a frequency of 2.66GHz but can be massively overclocked. It is a quad-core, but due to hyper-threading, it shows up as eight-cores from system diagnostics.

Speed

The i7 is extraordinarily fast, and it can be made even faster with some modifications in the overclocking department. From the defaulted settings that it comes shipped on, benchmarks show that it beats it’s AMD Competitor, the Phenom II X4, by a fair amount. However, only the most demanding of todays applications, that use all of the cores that are made available to them could even begin to tax the Intel Core i7. In video-games, the framerates very rarely drop below the frame-rate specified by the game in question, which can usually range from 30FPS – 90FPS (depends on Graphics Card as well as CPU, however). Rendering tasks, specifically HD rendering tasks, are completed faster than older CPUs, and on some occasions, you can do other things on your computer while it renders, showing it’s astounding ability for multi-tasking.

Additionally, it is a self-overclocking unit, meaning that from its manufacturer-set-speeds, it can be vastly improved on without touching the overclocking controls. It can get up to 3GHz on its own, and it can be pushed far further without overheating too much on the default cooler. I wouldn’t recommend serious overclocking on the original stock cooler as Intel stock coolers aren’t shown to be the most effective. The overclocking potential is one of the main reasons to buy an Intel Core i7, and for non-techy people who otherwise do not understand what that might mean, it is the act of pushing the frequency (or the speed) up, and increasing performance.

Ease of Installation

The installation of the CPU was probably among the easiest bits when me and my dad were building my PC, it was fairly simple to place. You simply applied thermal paste, and the CPU rested on top. You then applied the stock cooler and that was the entire installation done. There isn’t too much room for error, but do not apply too much pressure as it is simply not needed and you may damage the chip. You should also ground yourself to get rid of any static charge when applying the CPU. This can be done by touching a metal item like a radiator. Other than that, the installation was positively simple.

Instruction Manual

The instruction manual is one of the very easiest things to understand. With pictorial tutorials supporting the text to tell you what you had to do to apply the CPU, it made the process of installing the CPU easier. If it hadn’t explained exactly what you had to do so well, I suspect that it would have been a lot harder to install. For that reason, I say that the instruction manual was flawless, as it told you exactly what you had to do to install it. There wasn’t too much information on overclocking though, but I guess that’s what the internet is for.

Value for Money

As you may have guessed, the Intel Core i7 brand of processors is expensive. It costs an awful lot, and it, compared to some of the AMD equivalents, may not be the best bang for your buck. It’s a shame because it is a really good CPU, but the cost is going a little overboard for a CPU, but that’s just my opinion. If you are happy with the price, I say that this is definitely outclassing similar competing processors, and would happily recommend this processor.

Stability

The Intel Core i7 processor is very stable, as of yet, I have not had a problem with it. It overclocks nicely on its stock cooler, even though I still recommend buying a better, third-party cooler if you plan on overclocking a long way. Programs are usually fluent and fast and there has yet to be an overheating problem as of yet. Therefore I say that the Intel Core i7 is pretty stable.

Overview

In conclusion, the Intel Core i7 processor is astounding and easy to set up. It’s extremely fast compared other processors, if a bit on the pricy side, and is one of the easiest CPUs to overclock successfully. It’s an extremely fast processor with a real oomph, both to your computer performance and your wallet. If you have the money and the motherboard, I’d definitely recommend this processor.

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  • Coolchris330 published 24/10/2010
    Paid half and half on computer (About £300 each).
  • LawrenceP published 24/10/2010
    ...and it cost you (or Dad)?
  • jedimastergray73 published 23/10/2010
    Well reviewed ;)
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Product Information : Intel Quad-Core I7-920 2.66 GHz

Manufacturer's product description

With faster, intelligent, multi-core technology that applies processing power where it's needed most, Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. You'll multitask applications faster and unleash incredible digital media creation. And you'll experience maximum performance for everything you do.

Product Details

Product Description: Intel Core i7 920 / 2.66 GHz processor

Product Type: Processor

Processor Type: Intel Core i7 920

Number of Cores: Quad-Core

64-bit Computing: Yes

Compatible Processor Socket: LGA1366 Socket

Processor Qty: 1

Clock Speed: 2.66 GHz

Max Turbo Speed: 2.93 GHz

Manufacturing Process: 45 nm

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Hyper-Threading Technology, integrated memory controller, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology, Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost, Intel Wide Dynamic Execution, Enhanced Halt State (C1E), Intel Thermal Monitor 2

Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - LGA1366 Socket

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

General

MPN: BX80601920, AT80601000741AA

Product Type: Processor

Processor

Type / Form Factor: Intel Core i7 920

Number of Cores: Quad-Core

Cache Memory Details: L3 - Advanced Smart Cache - 8 MB, L3 - Advanced Smart Cache - 8 MB - 2 x 4MB (4MB per core pair)

64-bit Computing: Yes

Processor Qty: 1

Clock Speed: 2.66 GHz

Max Turbo Speed: 2.93 GHz

Compatible Processor Socket: LGA1366 Socket

Manufacturing Process: 45 nm

Thermal Design Power: 130 W

Thermal Specification: 67.9 °C

Architecture Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Hyper-Threading Technology, integrated memory controller, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology, Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost, Intel Wide Dynamic Execution, Enhanced Halt State (C1E), Intel Thermal Monitor 2

Cache Memory

Installed Size: 8 MB

Type: Advanced Smart Cache

Expansion / Connectivity

Compatible Slots: 1 x processor - LGA1366 Socket

Miscellaneous

Package Type: Intel Boxed, OEM/tray

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years

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