Intel Core i7-940
Released November, 2008
The Pros:Allows for triple-channel memory. Can handle most typical modern use with no problem. Decent overclocking performance with adequate cooling solutions.
The Cons:LGA1366 offers a limited upgrade path to consumers. Very pricey compared to the more powerful i7-950 which is available for much cheaper. Outdated now due to Intel's 32nm Sandy Bridge chips.
The Intel Core i7-940 is the intermediate 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 i7-940 features a quad-core chip design with a clock speed frequency of 2.93 GHz with 8MB of L3 cache.
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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 i7-940 requires a new motherboard technology to accommodate these performance enhancing changes; the x58 chipset.
- 45 nanometer technology
- 4 processing cores at 2.93GHz
- 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
User Reviews (1)
Allows for triple-channel memory.
Can handle most typical modern use with no problem.
Decent overclocking performance with adequate cooling solutions.
LGA1366 offers a limited upgrade path to consumers.
Very pricey compared to the more powerful i7-950 which is available for much cheaper.
Outdated now due to Intel's 32nm Sandy Bridge chips.
Only offers about 10% real world performance gains over the much cheaper i7-920.
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