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Written by Miles Cheatham   
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Processor
Core i7-965XE Features and Specifications
Intel Core i7-965XE: Features
Testing Methodology
Intel Core i7-965XE: Overclocking
PCMark Vantage System Tests
3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06 Tests
SANDRA 2009 System Tests
EVEREST Ultimate System Tests
CINEBENCH and SuperPi System Tests
Crysis, WIC, and Power System Tests
Intel Core i7-965XE Final Thoughts
Intel Core i7-965XE Conclusion

Intel Core i7-965XE CPU

On November 3, Benchmark Reviews had the pleasure of publishing our first in a series of articles and reviews covering Intel's newest processor series, the Core i7. As we alluded to in that article the time frame from receiving our review kit to publishing the finished product was only a matter of days, so something had to give. We opted to stick with the basics and present a general overview of the entire product. As a result we had to omit many of the extras we would have normally included in a feature article of this type. Since the release of that article we have had a number of our readers request future articles in our series that deal more with with the specifics of each processor. The same group was somewhat adamant that we showcase both performance tuning and the overclocking capabilities of each product.

Fear not my enthusiast brethren, in our second publication we will be covering all that you asked for and more as we review the Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition (XE). We have now had sufficient time to spend with Core i7 series and our knowledge base on these processors and their supporting components has grown exponentially. This review is pretty much strictly Intel, meaning the motherboard, and the vast majority of the rest of the components we used in our testing are Intel's own. The BIOS on the motherboard is still considered a pre-release version. What I'm getting at here is don't hold the results we present today as being the "Holy Grail" of this processor's capability. It usually holds true with any new product release of this magnitude that it will take two to three months of BIOS and driver maturity after the release to get a complete picture of product's complete performance profile.

Intel Core<sup>TM</sup> i7-965 Extreme Edition

In our first article, Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform we covered most of the available information regarding both the Nehalem Technology and the architecture used with the Intel Core i7 Processor family. We will therefore not repeat that discussion, instead; our goal today is to spend most of our energy concentrating on those features and performance aspects of the Intel Core i7-965XE model BX80601965 that have led it and its other i7 kin to be dubbed "The Fastest Processor on the Planet" by Intel.

About the Company: Intel

Intel Corporation is the world's largest semiconductor company founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, and widely associated with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove, Intel combines advanced chip design capability with a leading-edge manufacturing capability. Originally known primarily to engineers and technologists, Intel's successful "Intel Inside" advertising campaign of the 1990s made it and its Pentium processor household names.

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# RE: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition ProcessorGary Carny 2012-06-03 02:11
for 3d you're actually probably better off with 6 cores since a lot of the modeling programs are multi-threaded. In any case, the Extreme Editions are generally a losing proposition in terms of value for money. They make overclocking easier since you can just bump the multiplier, but ultimate clock speeds are often similar. I am a little surprised that you're choosing between the 960 and the 965, since they're both older SKU's. The more relevant socket 1377 chips would be the 980 and the 990X, but theres also the new Sandy Bridge E socket 2011 chips. If you're looking at 4 vs 6 cores a better comparison might be the 980 vs the 2600k, unless you have the other hardware already.
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# RE: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition ProcessorAlex Hutton 2012-06-03 02:13
For now I am a little worried about CPU cooling. Looking to get a Cooler Master V8 Or 10. Anyone know how well they work on the 960 OCed up to 4Ghz. Don't know that I will run it that hard if it will OC that much but by what I have seen it should with this mobo. I have looked all over to see what other have done and I have found the the stock cooler isn't enough to do any OCing. Everyone says to get a better cooler and those two have come up for air cooling.
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# Cooler Master v8 Core i7 965XESteven Depeprt 2013-02-05 10:42
I have had this cpu for 4 years and have only used the cooler master v8 and it has worked great. The only complaint I have is that its very heavy and puts lots of stress on the board. I would probably go with one of those self contained liquid cooling system myself. They wont put as much stress on the board.
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