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Date: November 7th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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PRODUCT BENCHMARKING & TESTING



With the relative simplicity of a processor, an overall introduction pictorial is really not required. What you see is what you get with a processor. The only real way a consumer is tell them apart is by their product number which is laser etched into the front heatspreader.


Overclocking


The i7-965 Extreme Edition is the only processor in the introductory line that is completely multiplier and bus unlocked so the user can overclock their processor. All of the non-Extreme models will be completely locked. 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.


Processor Cooling


With the improved power gate and Turbo Mode technology, Intel has designed a processor that is not only very fast, but runs quite cool for its capabilities. It seems that the days are thankfully gone where you practically had to strap an ice block onto your heatsink to keep it from overheating or having the need to purchase some insanely expensive cooler to keep your investment protected. that being said, at full load, the processor will be putting out 130watt and when idle it shuts down to only 21watts of total output.


Even while being cooled by Intel's basic radial copper cooler, the processor maintained idle temperatures around 38c and when under 100% load with all four cores and all eight threads at 100%, the temperatures peaked at 67c which even with a basic cooler is pretty damn good. Of course if you will be overclocking, a bigger and better cooler will be required.


But as always, Intel doesn't condone overclocking and warns that it could damage the processor or board so overclock at your own risk.


The benchmarking platform is comprised of the following:



Nehalem Testbed


Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO Extreme Series Motherboard
QIMONDA 3 x 1GB DDR3 1067 CL7 non-ECC UDIMM Memory Kit
Sapphire HD4850X2 2Gig Videocard
Intel® High Performance SATA SSD X25-M 80GB MLC Hard Drive
Cooler Master 1000watt Power Supply
Windows XP Professional SP2 32bit


Pre-Nehelem Testbed

Gigabyte P35-DS4 P35 Motherboard - Shop for this HERE
Crucial Ballistix 2Gb PC2-8500 Memory Kit - Shop for this HERE
Sapphire HD4850X2 2Gig Videocard - Shop for this HERE
Maxtor 250Gb 7200rpm SATA-150 Hard Drive - Shop for this HERE
Cooler Master 1000watt Power Supply - Shop for this HERE
Windows XP Professional SP2 32bit


Processors Benchmarked:


Intel i7-965 Extreme Edition
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Quad Core 1600Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core 1333Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Quad Core 1333Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 1333Mhz FSB - Shop for this HERE


Benchmarks Used:


POV-Ray Beta 3.7 v29 Multi-Core Benchmark
CineBench 10 Multi-core Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra 2009 Lite CPU Arithmetic Benchmark
Sisoft Sandra 2009 Lite CPU Multi-Media Benchmark
PC Mark 2005 CPU Benchmark
Super Pi ( 1 Meg Calculation ) Benchmark
Passmark Full CPU Benchmark
HOC Crysis CPU Benchmark
HOC Crysis Videocard Benchmark
HOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark


Benchmarking Method:


Benchmarking was undertaken in a pure 32bit Windows XP environment seeing at this time, Vista is not popular enough for benchmarking and a 64bit computing environment is still basically a minority in computer industry at this time.

 

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