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I bought my i7 920 soon after it was release. It was combined with an ASUS P6T motherboard and 6GB of Corsair Dominator 1600 Mhz RAM.
On release the i7 was a complete game changer for the CPU market, giving a huge performance increase over similarly priced Intel Core 2 Quads. The biggest change was integrating parts of the North Bridge (a chip that controls the RAM and other components) into the CPU so the RAM connects directly with the CPU greatly increasing speed. Another change was the reintroduction of Hyperthreading, allowing this 4 core cpu to act as an 8 core cpu.
In terms of real life performace, I have yet to come across an application that requires 100% use of the CPU as the modern PC is limited by other bottlenecks that stop it from being faster - suck as the hard-disk-drive which for many years has not developed at the same speed as CPUs. This CPU excels at video games and has a great reputation for video editing and transcoding along with other applications that use the CPU heavily. If your primary use for the computer is sending e-mails and brosing the internet, this product is most likely overkill.
Another advantage of the i7 920 is a great ability to overclock (running at a faster than designed speed) - although this is something that should only be done by somebody who knows the ins-and-outs of PCs, there are great advantages to be gained by this.
My i7 920 which as standard runs at 2.66GHz was able to be overclocked to 4GHz (almost twice as fast) giving you a product that can run at speeds faster than a GBP1000.00 CPU if setup correctly.
Looking back I am so happy with the decision I made when I decided to buy this item!
I bought this baby back when it first came out and am still using it to this day. It has been running at 3.44Ghz, undervolted and running a stock cooler. It has survived two Australian summers running at the speed. An awesome product.
To say the least, the Core i7 architecture rocks, and it rocks hard. It has 4 cores and 8 threads and runs like a gem on my x58 motherboard. It was reasonably priced when I bought it but now you can get its big brother i7 930 for around £220.
When I bought it I was in disbelieve at the performance I was getting for the price I paid. It was a good amount faster than the then most high-end £800 QX9770 processor. It was a great balance and rich contrast in price and performance. But man, I'll take it, that Core i7 920 is a great little processor.
I was impressed with the multi-threaded performance scaling. Surely not extremely important in games, but on overall it gave an advantage difference of up-to 20% for most games which was amazing to see. The CPU scaling means that during intense times, the CPU utilises all cores and brings a truckload of performance. And when idle, the CPU clocks down towards a very power efficient little gobbler. How's that for convenience?
If you overclock this baby like I have (to 3.44Ghz) while undervolting, make sure you run some stability tests overnight. This will ensure it doesn't shut-down, hang, or show you the 'blue screen of death'. Other than that, I'm getting more than TWICE the value as the Core i7 Extreme 965 (stock 3.20 GHz) is priced much higher. Talk about value for money!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pricey side at the £210 that I bought it at, 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.
The Intel I7 range is undoubtedly a leap in CPU technology. In benchmarks no other processor range can come close to these much awaited processors.
I bought mine when constructing a new build PC for my parents. I bought this product in its retail packaging in order to get the proprietary heatsink included in the package. On paper this processor is incredibly power and I was not disappointed with the power contained on this tiny chip. Over the years Intel have been researching how to integrate more and more functions onto the CPU chip. This processor is the culmination of it research. Unlike in previous intel computers the processors has the memory controller built in. Meaning rather than having to communicate with a seperate chip which then communicates with the memory, the processor itself is directly communicating with the memory. This allows for the movement of information to be much quicker. This is an instant boost the computing power and the fact that the memory controller the CPU has built in supports Triple channel memory is a further boost to performance.
On top of that this single chip sports 4 cores, each capable of two separate process's (thanks to hyperthreading) and running at 2.66Ghz. The power contained in this chip really is phenomenal. This computer was able to run certain tasks up to 35% quicker than my old computer sporting the original Intel Quad core processor.
All this and a few other major structural changes within the CPU and the motherboard layout make this a must have for anyone whos into video editing, high end gaming or just simply must have the most powerful computer.
Whilst not recommending CPU overclocking to anyone that doesnt know what they are doing it is worth adding that this CPU has massives of potential locked within. Using a 3rd party CPU fan I have managed to get 33% more from this processor.
For upgrading this processor isnt very useful as it requires a whole new socket and a motherboard sporting a new chipset. However build or buy a PC with one of these and its going to be a long time before you computing requirements are going to be too powerful for this beast of a chip.
This CPU was eagerly awaited by many people (me being one of them) and it hasnt let me down. The power within this chip is atronomical and whilst it isnt cheap, this is one market where you really are getting what you pay for. For anyone with an interest in PC gaming, video editing or generally just having a ridiculous amount of software opened all at once you really cant go wrong with this CPU. I would recommend it to anyone.
Core i7 is the newest Quad core CPU from intel, its top end and as a result expsenive yet efficient. I opted for the 920 at a semi-reasonable price, compared to the quicker, yet more pricey 940 or Extreme edition.
With more cores and too many features to list (google it) the Core i7 is intel's finest core yet. With rave reviews and recommendations, I chose the Core i7 over my previously favoured manufacturer (AMD). As anyone who knows anything about customer loyalty will know, it takes alot to steal loyal customers and AMD have served me well over the years. However, it cannot be denied that Intel are now the market leader once again.
The boxed version comes with a simple picture diagram on how to install the CPU onto the motherboard and fit the standard heat sink also included. However, the thermal paste did appear to be lacking from my box, so you might want to purchase some seperately. Frankly I'd opt for a better heatsink anyway. According to reviews the standard one is good, but lets face it, if you are buying this sort of CPU, you're serious about your computing and will be looking to push your machine to its limits. I've heard some overclocked versions of the 920 running at 4ghz (standard is 2.6ghz), i haven't tried it yet myself, but will get there very soon. The very fact that you can just about double the speed is insane enough. Paired well with a good motherboard and ram, its easy to see why these CPU's are priced they way they are. Fast, intelligent and efficient, its worth every penny. Plus that names pretty sexy too isnt it? "i7" ? or is that just me being a geek?
Runs quite hot, but that's standard.