Intel Core i7-950 Review


Intel Core i7-950 Review


Reviewing something like the i7-950 is one of the hardest things we do.

It's not that the actual benchmarking process is hard, or that the performance isn't breathtaking. Because the performance is breathtaking.

The problem is the obvious brilliance of it.

The i7-950 is one multiplier faster than the already brilliant i7-930. So it overclocks about 200MHz better. At stock it is quicker in clock speed, and the benchmarks back this up.

All around it's a little bit quicker and a little bit pricier. Exactly what you'd expect.

That doesn't quite tell the full story though as the performance at stock is very good indeed, and it's important to remember that not everyone wants to overclock their processors. A 3.06GHz i7 CPU for around £250 is an absolute bargain and will provide more performance than you could desire for the forseeable future.

If you do choose to overclock, the inherent speed of the i7-950 is also an ally because it allows you the extra freedom to decide if you want a little more BCLK to obtain your overclock, or you're willing to use the multiplier. Not every motherboard is capable of holding a steady 200 BCLK, so with the i7-950 you've the freedom to drop it down a little and save some wear on your components. Or, if you need to, provide a more suitable divider for your RAM.

Finally the capability to run at stock using only 1v on the CPU Core has massive benefits to power usage as well as the heat generated and the need to dissipate that. Even at 4GHz we were running beneath the recommended stock voltage. Overclocked and undervolted! It's 100% benefits, zero downsides.

The i7-930 was brilliant. The i7-950 is bigger and better in every way. Thanks to the aggressive price cut from Intel, it's also barely more expensive.

If you're in the market for a new CPU, the 'middle choice' has gone from being nearly ignored, to being the only sensible choice to make.


Thanks to Intel for providing the i7-950 for review. Discuss in our forums.

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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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