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Date: September 7th, 2009
Article By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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PRODUCT BENCHMARKING & TESTING



Overclocking


The i7-870 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. From some snooping around, you will find that it does overclock rather well. Stay tuned, we will have more on this in the upcoming weeks.


The benchmarking platform is comprised of the following:



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 i7-920
Intel i7-965 Extreme Edition
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 i7-870 was tested using the Turbo and the Non-Turbo settings to see the relative different with and without this technology enabled.

 

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