Intel Core i7-950 Review

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

Status Launched
Launch Date Q2’09
Processor Number i7-950
# of Cores 4
# of Threads 8
Clock Speed 3.06 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.33 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 8 MB
Bus/Core Ratio 23
Intel® QPI Speed 4.8 GT/s
# of QPI Links 1
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2
Lithography 45 nm
Max TDP 130 W
VID Voltage Range 0.800V-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.