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I bought my first i7 CPU processor when the i7-920 first came out... and I loved it! The i7-920 stocked at 2.66Ghz and I was able to overclock it to 3.44Ghz running stable in the Australian heat. But this review isn't about i7-920.
So I bought this puppy (i7-950) not long ago after a price cut for my second desktop and also for testing purposes. And let me tell you, to say that I'm impressed is an understatement.
First of all the i7-950 is one multiplier faster than the already brilliant i7-930 (a newer version of the aforementioned i7-920). So it overclocks about 200MHz better. At stock it is quicker in clock speed, and when benchmarking the stats back it up. Okay okay okay, I have my geek hat on. So let's cut to the basics as not many people are willing to experiment with and risk overclocking their CPU. The performance at stock is very good indeed, and 3.06Ghz i7 CPU for around £200 - £250 is an absolute bargain. This will provide more performance than you could desire for a foreseeable future.
If you do choose to overclock, the speed of the i7-950 will allow you the extra freedom to decide if you want a little more BCLK (Base Clock) to obtain your overclock. Not every motherboard is capable of overclocking, so with the i7-950 you've the freedom to drop it down a little and save some wear on your components. I was able to take this puppy to 3.90Ghz at stock voltage. I can see so much potential with this if one invests in an aftermarket cpu cooler.
The i7-920 was brilliant. The i7-950 is bigger and better in every way. Thanks to the aggressive price cut from Intel, it's also very affordable.