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Written by Miles Cheatham   
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel Core i7-920 Processor BX80601920
Features and Specifications
Core i7-920 Features con't
Testing Methodology
Intel Core i7-920 Overclocking
PCMark Vantage System Tests
3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06 Tests
SANDRA 2009 System Tests
EVEREST Ultimate System Tests
CINEBENCH and SuperPi Tests
Crysis and WIC Tests
Core i7Power Consumption
Intel Core i7-920 Final Thoughts
Intel Core i7-920 Conclusion

Testing Methodology

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.

Test Systems

System #1

  • Motherboard: Intel Extreme Motherboard DX58SO
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition BX80601965 [3.20 GHz clock speed]
  • Processor Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P with 1366 adapter kit
  • System Memory: QIMONDA 3 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM
  • Disk Drive: Intel High Performance SATA SSD X25-M 80GB MLC,

System #2

  • Motherboard: Intel Extreme Motherboard DX58SO
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-940 BX80601940 [2.93 GHz clock speed]
  • Processor Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P with 1366 adapter kit
  • System Memory: QIMONDA 3 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM
  • Disk Drive: Intel High Performance SATA SSD X25-M 80GB MLC,

System #3

  • Motherboard: Intel Extreme Motherboard DX58SO
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-920 BX80601929 [2.66 GHz clock speed]
  • Processor Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P with 1366 adapter kit
  • System Memory: QIMONDA 3 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM
  • Disk Drive: Intel High Performance SATA SSD X25-M 80GB MLC

System #4

  • Motherboard: ASUS P5E3 Premium WIFI-AP @n, BIOS 0503
  • Processor: Intel X3350 Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz [Overclocked to 3.2 GHz]
  • Processor Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P
  • System Memory: 2GB Patriot Viking DDR3 PC3-1500, running at 8-7-7-24
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1 TB Barracuda ES.2 SATA Drives

Common Components

  • Graphics Card: Zotac GTX 260 Amp2!
  • Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-2014L1T SATA Optical Drive
  • Enclosure: Lian Li PC-A7010B Black Aluminum Full-Tower ATX Case
  • PSU: Thermaltake W0132 Toughpower Cable Management 1000 Watt
  • Monitor: Dell 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor 2407FPW
  • KVM Switch: ATEN CS1782 USB 2.0 DVI KVM Switch
  • Operating System: Windows Vista 32-bit Ultimate SP-1 with all current updates

Benchmark Applications

  • PCMark Vantage
  • 3DMark Vantage v1.01
  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0
  • SANDRA 2009
  • EVEREST Ultimate v4.60.1500
  • Cinebench R10
  • World In Conflict
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark



 

Comments 

 
# Mr.Jim Thwaites 2010-11-26 11:14
I checked on prices the i7-920 is almost the same price as the i7-950. Why? It is hard to find the 920. I assume that the 950 is better then the 920.
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# No More SupplyBruceBruce 2010-11-26 11:53
The free market sometimes behave s with random stupidity, and this situation is quite common, especially for CPUs. They are no longer producing the "920", so there is limited supply, but the "950" is a direct replacement, so what does it matter?
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# :D\nerd 2011-07-20 05:23
whata hell is that ? ? mhz ? :D
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