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Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:53 am

Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Intel has finally lifted the embargo on the yet-to-be-launched Intel Core i7 processors and the Intel X58 Express Chipset! Intel strongly believes that this new platform will be the must have work horse for digital media & gaming enthusiasts for many months to come. Read on to see how the Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 do against 14 other processors!

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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby kappage » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:16 am

Ooo new review and new cores!
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby GI-JOE » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:19 am

Good review, but I was wondering, is there any chance you could include some games in there other than 3DMark? :)
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby DMB2000uk » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:21 am

GI-JOE wrote:Good review, but I was wondering, is there any chance you could include some games in there other than 3DMark? :)

It's the first of a few, so I'm sure there will be gaming results in one 'down the line'.

Says so in the review:
With so much to talk about this new platform we made the decision to focus just on processor performance for this article and then take a deeper dive at other features in the weeks to come.


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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby GI-JOE » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:24 am

Cool, guess I overlooked that line! ](*,)
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:39 am

Oh yeah I'll have a deep dive on gaming and memory coming... Right now I'm testing triple SLI with 3 GTX 280's versus Quad CrossFireX with two Radeon HD 4870 X2's.

The other reasons it wasn't included now:

I just got the Corsair triple channel kit on Thursday along with the Kingston Triple Channel kit.
On Thursday I got the three GTX 280's for Triple Channel Testing
On Thurdsay ATI released a hotfix driver for the X58 platform that changed performance numbers significantly
Friday was Halloween and I had parties and plans for Friday night and Saturday night

Getting new drivers, new video cards and production memory kits on Thursday was just too much to test over the holiday weekend with plans already made.

Also I have over 5 LGA 1366 cooling soltions and those will be in a roundup as well.
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby GI-JOE » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:49 am

Nice, I guess I'll sit here awaiting those benchmarks before I pass these chips as worthwhile or a waste of money! :mrgreen:
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby KnightRid » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:43 am

Apoptosis wrote:On Thursday I got the three GTX 280's for Triple Channel Testing


:prayer: DAMN - now to stress test those puppies on f@h!!

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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby DX » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:20 am

OOOo yeah some folding would be good =)
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Gomeler » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:48 am

Nice job with the review, looks like it was a session of endurance benching that would make one go crazy. Just curious, you try maxing out the baseclock at all? I've been seeing results all over the place from ~150MHz to 200MHz and was curious if it's board or CPU related. It sounds more and more like the CPUs are all over the place which will severely hamper the i920 and i940 overclocking.
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:52 am

Overclocking has the same struggles that AMD is having on Phenom, so the QPI frequency seems to be area to watch. I'll post more when I spend more time overclocking these.
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby gwolfman » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:24 am

Thanks for the review, waiting anxiously for the gaming benchies. Thanks.
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Bwall » Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:34 am

Good review, can't wait to see more gaming benchmarks and results with mult-gpu.
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby skier » Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:21 am

too bad the 965 didnt always beat the dual QX9775's, but hey, they are more than double the price, and the 965 DID beat it in a few tests 8)

some stellar tech right there, can't wait for new revisions with greater Overclockability to see what the architecture can really do :supz:
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby FZ1 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:16 pm

When are these being released?
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby martini161 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:21 pm

All of the modules were run in dual channel mode

typo? cause if its not than the memory bandwidth numbers are even more amazing! and about the overclocking, are you actually able to change the baseclock?
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:47 pm

no that was a typo... That would be triple channel that was run in the review. Three 2GB modules at 1600MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings with a command rate of 1T is what I ran. Not bad for a 6GB kit and 1.40 Volts. I'm very impressed what that Corsair memory kit can do with just 1.4 Volts. That specific kit has the more expensive Samsung IC's, but it's a winner hands down.
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby Gomeler » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:05 pm

FZ1 wrote:When are these being released?


Rumored launch of November 17th, 2008. I imagine that is the correct date as that date has been the primary date mentioned in quiet circles for weeks. Can't wait for these chips, now time to sell my QX9650 :(
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby FZ1 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:50 pm

Gomeler wrote:
FZ1 wrote:When are these being released?


Rumored launch of November 17th, 2008. I imagine that is the correct date as that date has been the primary date mentioned in quiet circles for weeks. Can't wait for these chips, now time to sell my QX9650 :(

I was thinking the same thing
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Re: Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Processor Review

Postby stopthekilling77 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:49 pm

I am determined to get one of these badass systems for myself within the next 2-3 months. I'd say the move from an E6750 to any of those processors is a VERY nice jump.
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