|Intel Core i7-920 Processor BX80601920|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Miles Cheatham|
|Thursday, 20 November 2008|
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We have changed our testing methodology a bit from that used in our first article. Since our concentration today is on the Intel Core i7-20 processor, we have modified our benchmark applications to include those that best showcase this processors capabilities. We chose our current fastest quad core system for comparison purposes. We overclocked the X3350 to 3.2 GHz to emulate the fastest Core i7 processor in the mix and used the standard components that we use with this system on a daily basis. Intel supplied both the Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition and the Intel Core i7-920. They asked if we'd down-clock the i7-965 to 2.93 GHz to emulate the performance of the Intel Core i7-940, and we were more than happy to oblige.
Unfortunately when testing systems of this type there is not set of "grass roots" tests that will completely speak to the to the system's overall performance. It is therefore necessary to comparatively test the performance of the CPU, Memory, Hard Drive(s) and Graphical Rendering and then draw your assumptions from the results of these tests. We chose an array of benchmarking tools (captioned below) that we felt would give our readers a complete of a picture of each system's performance. Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. We then ran each of the tests a minimum of three times and them reported an average of each test's results.