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Intel Corei7 920 D0 SLBEJ Bloomfield 45nm, 2.66 GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, 8MB Cache, 20x Ratio, 130W, Retail

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Great Chip, cheapest I've seen the retail in ages, delivery is £6.99 if you cant get free delivery via av forums
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#1
Good price though for an excellent chip.
#2
140 for the oem a couple of days ago...
#3
old hat now so will drop even more you can build a cheap i7 rig with a cheap board so cant be bad.
#4
polly69
old hat now so will drop even more you can build a cheap i7 rig with a cheap board so cant be bad.


It's still the supreme platform for speed, and Intel aren't changing their enthusiast setup until at least Q3 2011 with socket 20xx. Even still, a setup with this chip will last for many years :)

Cheapest boards you can pair this up with are around £130, then add another £100 for some RAM (or if you're lucky like I was, £29 on special offer), £150 for GPU, £100 for case/PSU, £120 for 23" monitor, £15 for decent keyb/mouse (the Dell defaults on ebay are actually really good for gaming, e.g. 6 button laser mouse) and you've a righteous gaming machine right there.
#5
Word on the street (well net) is that intel are planning to drop socket 1366 next year. So people who are looking at a new system may want to take this into consideration.
#6
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Word on the street (well net) is that intel are planning to drop socket 1366 next year. So people who are looking at a new system may want to take this into consideration.


Tail end of next year, 18 months away.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2010/04/12/new-socket-to-replace-lga1366-due-in-2011/

Here’s a quick bit of overheard info for you – Intel’s replacement for its current high-end Core i7 CPU range will arrive in Q3 2011, so if you’re planning an LGA1366 upgrade now (perhaps with a Core-i7 930) then it’s still got plenty of life left in it.

No details on the socket pin-count or size are available yet, however we do know the first CPUs will be a native eight-core, 16-thread design (as seen in the just launched Xeon X7650), based on the upcoming Sandy Bridge architecture.

The good news is for those who upgraded to LGA1366 in late 2008 or even last year have had a fantastic investment of their money as we expect their systems will continue to be the fastest products available until the replacement late next year.

With computing, if you always wait because something better is around the corner, you'll end up not upgrading ever at all, or at the start of the next replacement and pay the exuberant premium. As a rule, I take the view that 'if the new tech is only barely better, I can wait a month or two. If it's truly better, I'll wait six. Otherwise, invest now'.
#7
I remember my mate at uni buying one of the first chips that clocked over 1ghz for a £1000 back in 2000. Thinking about that I'd say this is overpriced at the mo as i7's are still fairly new.
#8
Is free delivery only with Hexus.net (or whatever the hardware forum was) now? My AV forum membership free del seems to have stopped working for a while so I've stopped using Scan (as ebuyer are usually cheaper with free del).
#9
I have this chip, i've overclocked it to 4Ghz on air cooling.
When fully under load it never goes above 76c :)
#10
borandi
It's still the supreme platform for speed, and Intel aren't changing their enthusiast setup until at least Q3 2011 with socket 20xx. Even still, a setup with this chip will last for many years :)

Cheapest boards you can pair this up with are around £130, then add another £100 for some RAM (or if you're lucky like I was, £29 on special offer), £150 for GPU, £100 for case/PSU, £120 for 23" monitor, £15 for decent keyb/mouse (the Dell defaults on ebay are actually really good for gaming, e.g. 6 button laser mouse) and you've a righteous gaming machine right there.


Polly was possibly referring to the fact Intel are discontinuing the 920 chip and replacing it with a slightly faster 930 version:
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/intel_core_i7_920_nears_endoflife_status

Probably very little difference but that might be why some sellers are starting to run offers to get rid of them :) Scan has the 930 in stock for £60 more, so, bargain.
#11
bobbyb
Thinking about that I'd say this is overpriced at the mo as i7's are still fairly new.


Nope. This i7 has been out for about 15 or so months now as it's on Intel's enthusiast platform, the mainstream i7's aren't even that new really either anyway. It's come down quite a bit in price (I paid just over £250 14 months ago). It still offers excellent levels of performance, and it's the cheapest I've personally seen this CPU.
#12
voted hot as its a good price for a great chip BUT i would suggest for a lot of pc owners you may be better saving a few quid and getting the quad core i5.

cheaper board, cheaper chip and cheaper ram, and benchmarks show for many things, once you OC the i5 it is a solid performer.

still, if you want the best, look no further.
#13
xtrem3x;8465215
I have this chip, i've overclocked it to 4Ghz on air cooling.
When fully under load it never goes above 76c :)


76C!

That's a bit hot. I know people say cpu's can run hotter than the manufacturer recommends, but if it's going that hot I think it's not the best overclocker. You either need more air, or try dropping the voltage. It shouldn't be going above 60C under a full stress test, none of my C2D's do (1.8Ghz => 3Ghz & 2.2Ghz => 3.2Ghz)
#14
I have the Q9550 that has the best "EO stepping" so they say........
How much better is this i7 compared to that & will I notice the difference ?
#15
i would not even contemplate upgrading from a Q9550 to an i7. (depending on what you use it for)

but as a gamer - so i can only comment from that angle imo there is simply no need the Q9550 is a great chip in itsself

if you are not already, better value would be to buy a good quality cooler and overclock your existing chip. If you have a good mobo & ram i would expect you to get close to 4ghz (ie 3.8-3.95ghz) from it.
#16
This is only 4 cores, compare to Gulftown Core i7Extreme Edition (6 cores) it's not the best processor but good price.
#17
This is the best value CPU on the market right now IMO, especially as it's quite easily overclockable.
suspended#18
for those who didn't already know the i7 920 is End Of Line as it is being replaced by the i7 930, this is why the price is finally at a decent price, the i7 930 is only a tiny bit faster and around £40 ish more expensive.

I'm personally waiting for a £200 6-core intel, will probably have to wait 18 months ish for 1 though i reckon:(
#19
alex_uk
This is only 4 cores, compare to Gulftown Core i7Extreme Edition (6 cores) it's not the best processor but good price.


I hate pointless comments like that.
Yes, of course the Gulftown 6 core i7 980X is a better CPU, it's also not too far off £1000...


wolfman
76C!

That's a bit hot. I know people say cpu's can run hotter than the manufacturer recommends, but if it's going that hot I think it's not the best overclocker. You either need more air, or try dropping the voltage. It shouldn't be going above 60C under a full stress test, none of my C2D's do (1.8Ghz => 3Ghz & 2.2Ghz => 3.2Ghz)


76c is fine for an i7, only start to worry with those at 80+.
I have my i7 920 running at 4.2Ghz with a Corsair H50 liquid cooler (which is only about £60). Hits 76c at full load, has done since last August when I bought it.
Runs stable in Prime95.
#20
hajj_3
for those who didn't already know the i7 920 is End Of Line as it is being replaced by the i7 930, this is why the price is finally at a decent price, the i7 930 is only a tiny bit faster and around £40 ish more expensive.

I'm personally waiting for a £200 6-core intel, will probably have to wait 18 months ish for 1 though i reckon:(


Just out of genuine interest what software will you be using to utilise 6 cores?
#21
Considering you can get a 6 core AMD at the same clock speed for £150 from aria, this isnt such a hot deal.
suspended#22
fishmaster;8466553
Just out of genuine interest what software will you be using to utilise 6 cores?


x264 encoding
#23
Nellster
Considering you can get a 6 core AMD at the same clock speed for £150 from aria, this isnt such a hot deal.


it has been a long time since you could compare AMD and intel on simply a clock for clock basis

(clock for clock the Athlon64 spanked the pentium4, which is why they used the different naming scheme........... and in this case, clock for clock the I7 wins hands down as well, esp when you consider this chip is comfortable at 4ghz).

The more you up the core count the more you increase the chances of 1 of the cores not overclocking, and the more you increase the heat generated when you overclock
suspended#24
yes you can't compare clock for clock anymore, the 6core amd is about 10% faster than the core i7 with x264 which isn't much faster. Its nice to see competition from AMD though, maybe intel might lower its prices of it's quads soon now.
#25
the thing is X264 encoding is a pretty specific case which is perfect for multithreading.

imo for MOST uses, the superior design of each single core in the intel quad core is better than simply upping the core count.

but that is just imo, and choice is a good thing, and yes i agree, we need a solid AMD product to force down prices accross the board.
#26
wolfman
76C!

That's a bit hot. I know people say cpu's can run hotter than the manufacturer recommends, but if it's going that hot I think it's not the best overclocker. You either need more air, or try dropping the voltage. It shouldn't be going above 60C under a full stress test, none of my C2D's do (1.8Ghz => 3Ghz & 2.2Ghz => 3.2Ghz)


Any Bloomfield chip can easily withstand 90C - 100C (ish). And these are by far one of the best OC chips to date. Real world scenario's will never reach this temp anyway.
suspended#27
you are indeed correct, x264 is 1 of the few instances where more cores = drastically faster speeds. More and more games and apps are starting to become multithreaded though, winrar, 7-zip, most video editing software etc. I've got a q6700, i don't wanna upgrade to core i7 as it costs an arm and a leg and new sockets are coming out next year, will wait for usb3 from intel, lightpeak etc till i upgrade.
#28
polly69
old hat now so will drop even more you can build a cheap i7 rig with a cheap board so cant be bad.


Agreed. I'll buy one when the price comes down a lot further - certaily into double figures rather than jumping at three. Although this is a reasonable price.Seen it cheaper tho' :thumbsup:
#30
PhilK
Agreed. I'll buy one when the price comes down a lot further - certaily into double figures rather than jumping at three. Although this is a reasonable price.Seen it cheaper tho' :thumbsup:


I doubt you'll ever see a Core i7 for less than £100. Even Core i5 starts at £150, so you'd be lucky to see one of them in double figures.

Fraid you'll be stuck with Core i3 and Pentium G series ;)
#31
wolfman
76C!

That's a bit hot. I know people say cpu's can run hotter than the manufacturer recommends, but if it's going that hot I think it's not the best overclocker. You either need more air, or try dropping the voltage. It shouldn't be going above 60C under a full stress test, none of my C2D's do (1.8Ghz => 3Ghz & 2.2Ghz => 3.2Ghz)


Nonsense! ramp the voltage up and overclock more i say! you want the chip glowing red!!
#32
Nellster
Considering you can get a 6 core AMD at the same clock speed for £150 from aria, this isnt such a hot deal.

I'd still go for a i7 920 over the AMD 1055T, nearly every benchmark in every review shows pretty poor performance from the 1055T (it's about on a par with i5 750).

Even the higher clocked 1090T isn't great, around the same performance as an i7 930.

Then factor in the 920 is a better overclocker than the 1055T (good luck getting close to 4Ghz on air without frying your CPU with that AMD, while 920's can hit 4.2Ghz safe and stable on air with a decent cooler).
#33
My i7 920 easilly go's to 4.2ghz on air (hits around 72 degrees under heavy load)
Nothing i do currently requires this power so have dropped the overclock back down to a reasonable 3.4ghz (this does around 48 degrees under heavy load)
By far the best chip i ever bought 10 months ago!
For this price its a steal

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