Intel Core i7-950 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Core i7-950 Review


Processor lines are always strange things. When compared to graphics cards which have thousands of variants, processors tend to have perhaps three or four types within a classification.

The i7 line consisted, upon release, of the i7-920, i7-940 and the i7-960. With the i7-920 around £240, i7-940 about the £450 mark and the top end i7-960 being about £700 it was obvious that the i7-920 was the weapon of choice for the masses, and the extremists would go towards the i7-960. When the D0 stepping i7-920 was released it was pretty much the only sensible choice.

This continued to be the case through the many evolutions of the LGA1366 line until now the Quad-Core range consists of the i7-930, the i7-950 and the range-topping i7-975. The middle processor was always an odd choice. Nobody would spend twice the price on basically a single multiplier increase over the bottom end model, and those who wanted the absolute best would always gravitate towards the multiplier-unlocked 975 Extreme.

Recently however Intel have drastically cut the price of the i7-950 down to nearly the level of the i7-930. Surely it becomes the processor of choice now? Let's find out.

Technical Specifications

Launch DateQ2'09
Processor Numberi7-950
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Clock Speed3.06 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.33 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache8 MB
Bus/Core Ratio23
Intel® QPI Speed4.8 GT/s
# of QPI Links1
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Lithography45 nm
Max TDP130 W
VID Voltage Range0.800V-1.375V
Tray 1ku Budgetary Price$294.00


So as you can see it's basically a i7-930/920 but with a multiplier of 23 instead of 20.

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Most Recent Comments

13-10-2010, 00:54:50

nice OC's on that fella

1v tho lmao thats epeic,are they safe to run with that speed and voltsQuote

13-10-2010, 01:02:08

Watch the vid dude Quote

13-10-2010, 01:32:34

Thanks for your rewiev of the i7 950.

just bought me one and the asrock x58 extreme6.

hope you have a rewiev of the new asrock x58 extreme6 soon Quote

13-10-2010, 01:49:39

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Watch the vid dude
ahh yes

and that was one of your campest vids yet fella LMAOQuote

13-10-2010, 02:18:36

cant wait for the oc guide because few tips from the pros never went wrongQuote

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