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Intel Core i7-920


$300.00 Released November, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Offers Triple Channel DDR3 Support (Not available on Phenom II, C2 Quad or upcoming Core i5). Highly overclockable (50% comparatively easily achievable). Performence scales almost linearly with clock-increase.

The Cons:Requires motherboard upgrade. Requires DDR3. Gaming performance hardly better than high end C2 Duo's (which are significantly cheaper).

The Intel Core i7-920 is the base model of three high-end x86-64 desktop processors. The i7 moniker refers to Intel’s seventh architectural generation, the Nehalem family of processors. Marketed to those seeking maximum performance, the Core i7-920 features a quad-core chip design with a clock speed frequency of 2.66 GHz with 8MB of L3 cache.

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Product Shot 2 One of the largest changes with the Core i7 is what Intel calls Quick Path, an innovation that allows for significantly increased memory bandwidth performance via the triple channel DDR3 memory controller. Intel has also brought back their Hyperthreading technology from the previous single-core Pentium 4 family, which allows the processor to perform two separate operations at the same time. Along with the rest of the Core i7 processors, the i7-920 requires a new motherboard technology to accommodate these performance enhancing changes; the x58 chipset.

Features

  • 45 nanometer technology
  • 4 processing cores at 2.66GHz
  • simultaneous multi-threading technology (up to 8 processing threads)
  • 32 KB instruction + 32 KB data L1 cache per core
  • 256 KB L2 cache per core
  • 8 MB L3 cache shared by all 4 cores
  • triple channel DDR3 memory support up to 1066MHz
  • Intel Turbo Boost, Intel Speedstep and Intel 64 technology

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Pros
  • 6

    Offers Triple Channel DDR3 Support (Not available on Phenom II, C2 Quad or upcoming Core i5)

  • 5

    Highly overclockable (50% comparatively easily achievable)

  • 5

    Performence scales almost linearly with clock-increase

  • 5

    integrated memory controller unlike any previous chip from Intel

  • 5

    great performance gains over previous generations

  • 4

    relatively low price for the level of performance offered

  • 3

    Can disable single cores for power savings

  • 3

    8 threads

Cons
  • 3

    requires motherboard upgrade

  • 0

    Requires DDR3

  • 0

    Gaming performance hardly better than high end C2 Duo's (which are significantly cheaper)

  • 0

    fairly expensive

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