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Date: January 3rd, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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PRODUCT BENCHMARKING & TESTING



Overclocking


The i7-661 the only processor in the introductory line that is completely multiplier and bus unlocked so the user can overclock their processor. In this review I will not be covering overclocking due to motherboard BIOS and OS drivers needing a little maturing before jumping into the tweaking pool. A separate overclocking article is to be posted in the upcoming month or two to detail how and how well this processor overclocks.


The benchmarking platform is comprised of the following:


 

 

 



Intel Lynnfield Testbed


Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC Motherboard
QIMONDA 2 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM Memory Kit
1 x HIS HD4870 1Gig Videocard in Crossfire
Cooler Master 1000watt Power Supply
Windows Vista Ultimate Premium Edition 64bit


Intel Lynnfield Testbed


Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG Extreme Series Motherboard
QIMONDA 2 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM Memory Kit
2 x HIS HD4870 1Gig Videocard in Crossfire
Cooler Master 1000watt Power Supply
Windows Vista Ultimate Premium Edition 64bit


Intel Nehalem Testbed


Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO Extreme Series Motherboard
QIMONDA 3 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM Memory Kit
2 x HIS HD4870 1Gig Videocard in Crossfire
Cooler Master 1000watt Power Supply
Windows Vista Ultimate Premium Edition 64bit


Intel Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo Testbed

Gigabyte P35-DS4 P35 Motherboard - Shop for this HERE
Crucial Ballistix 2Gb PC2-8500 Memory Kit - Shop for this HERE
2 x HIS HD4870 1Gig Videocard in Crossfire
Cooler Master 1000watt Power Supply - Shop for this HERE
Windows Vista Ultimate Premium Edition 64bit


Processors Benchmarked:


Intel i5-661 Clarkdale
Intel i5-750 Lynnfield
Intel i7-870 Lynnfield
Intel i7-920 Nehalem
Intel i7-965 Extreme Edition Nehalem
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Quad Core 1600Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 1333Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE


Benchmarks Used:


POV-Ray Beta 3.7 v34 Multi-Core Benchmark
CineBench 10 Multi-core Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra 2009 Lite CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra 2009 Lite CPU Multi-Media Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra 2009 Lite CPU Multi-Core Efficiency Benchmark
PC Mark 2005 CPU Benchmark
Super Pi ( 1 Meg Calculation ) Benchmark
Passmark Full CPU Benchmark
HOC Crysis CPU Benchmark
HOC Crysis Videocard Benchmark
Load Temperature Testing


Benchmarking Method:


Benchmarking was undertaken in a pure Windows Vista Ultimate Premium Edition 64bit environment with all hardware kept the same when possible to keep the playing field level. The i5-661 was tested with the Turbo functionaility enabled.

 

 


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