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Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 6-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80613I7970 Desktop Processor

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  • 3.46GHz Turbo Frequency
  • 32 nm Gulftown
  • 12MB L3 Cache

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Upgrade your system with the Core i7-970 and own Intel's top-of-the-line desktop processor in the world. Based on the 32nm Gulftown manufacturing process, this six-core CPU added with AES new instructions is designed to handle the most intense compute and visualization workloads you can throw at it. The 12MB of Intel Smart Cache gives you blazing speeds you never realized were possible.

Take advantage of Intel Turbo Boost technology which dynamically accelerates CPU performance to match your workload. Hyper-Threading technology effectively doubles the output of your six physical cores, giving you unmatched data processing. The Integrated Memory Controller optimizes data bandwidth with support for triple-channel DDR3 memory.

Add the Intel Core i7-970 to your system and you’ll never look back. Experience the brilliantly fast speed, versatility and raw power of massive multi-core processing today!

  • newegg 32nm Hexa-Core Processing With six processing cores, the multitasking monster Intel Core i7-970 delivers six times the performance on highly-threaded applications, taking your desktop PC experience into a completely new realm of mega power. Intel's breakthrough 32nm process technology incorporates 2nd generation of high-k + metal gate transistors for improved performance and energy efficiency.
  • newegg Integrated DDR3 Memory Controller With the integrated DDR3 memory controller, the Intel Core i7-970 enables three channels of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, resulting in up to 25.6 GB/sec memory bandwidth. Plus the memory controller's lower latency and higher memory bandwidth delivers amazing performance for data-intensive applications.
  • newegg Intel Smart Cache Intel Smart Cache Technology dynamically allocates the shared cache to each processor core based on workload. This efficient, multi-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from faster, more efficient cache subsystem resulting in significantly reduced latency for frequently used data and improved performance.
  • newegg Intel Turbo Boost Technology Intel Turbo Boost technology automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits, maximizing speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload-more performance when you need it the most.
  • newegg Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) Intel Hyper-Threading Technology delivers thread-level parallelism on each processor resulting in more efficient use of processor resources—higher processing throughput—and improved performance on the multi-threaded software of today and tomorrow.
  • newegg Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) EIST allows the system to dynamically adjust processor voltage and core frequency to decrease average power consumption and average heat production. Combined with existing power saving features, EIST may provide an excellent balance between providing power when you need it and conserving power when you don’t.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Lance S.
  • 11/16/2014 7:51:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome processor

Pros: This processor is fast enough for most people that want to spend the extra money. It powers through video and audio encoding tasks quickly with power to spare and anything else you can throw at it is quickly completed. I upgraded from a Q6600 and what a upgrade on speed! The processor can be overclocked, however I chose not to. This processor operates at 3.2 GHz and is fast enough for my work.

Cons: Slightly expensive for a cpu, however this is what you pay when you get a Intel. The other shortcoming is the lack of options you have when you choose to upgrade your processor, as you usually have to buy a entirely new motherboard, as the processor socket is different and won't fit your older chip.

Other Thoughts: If you need the extra speed and efficiency that the Intel processor architecture brings up and you can spend the extra $200, then I would definitely look at the six-core chips for the extra 2 cores.

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  • Ryan L.
  • 10/27/2013 9:36:21 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill Great!

Pros: This is one of the best processors I've owned, the other being the Q6600 from Intel. This thing is stable is heck, and chews through anything I throw at it without any trouble. 1080p video encode WHILE playing games without any lag or stutter. It will run at 100% usage on all cores for hours at 60*C

Cons: I'll have to upgrade my CPU in about 10years.

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  • SHAYM P.
  • 7/22/2013 10:33:01 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow!

Pros: Tolerates overclocking well. I have it running at 4GHz on air (bclock 167MHz). Multithreading video processing is satisfyingly fast.

Cons: Discontinued product

Other Thoughts: I unpacked and fired up my i7-970/MSI X58 Pro setup for the first time in a year. It is one FAST combination! Geekbench 2.1 scores for processing topped 19000, but other factors brought the total system score down to 14,600 - 14,700 range. Not bad for being a few generations back. I feel no need to upgrade at this time.

My happiness at the overall excellent performance of this cpu led me to write this review on a long-discontinued product.

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  • Jeff W.
  • 12/26/2011 6:51:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful

Pros: 6 cores chew through everything quickly. The only thing I've found that makes them work hard is video conversion. Runs fairly cool, I have the stock cooler on it and it stays below 95F idle. The stock cooler is pretty hefty and huge, so unless you're going to really push this thing or OC it, you don't need an aftermarket cooler. The stock fan is nice and quiet too.

Cons: I wish it was a bit more efficient, 130W is a lot. Kinda pricey.

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  • Robert A.
  • 11/8/2011 9:07:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel i7-970 Gulftown

Pros: Extremely fast with video editing and rendering of files. I upgraded from a core I7 2.6 ghz and noticed a big difference more than I had expected.

Cons: None, other than a little expensive.

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  • Charly V.
  • 10/16/2011 9:16:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel i7-970 Gulftown

Pros: This is a GREAT! GREAT! CPU, I bought this for my first custom build. My other good computer is out of date (7 years old Sony Intel Pentium4 3.0 Ghz). This CPU is the same specs as the extreme version except the i7-970 multiplier's locked and the extreme version just few more Mhz is added to it. I don't want to pay another few hundred dollars more for a couple of minor changes. This CPU is FAST enough to get things done at its stock 3.2Ghz. I am not a gaming sucker but, would like my computer to runs as good as it looks......
I did few minor changes to get 4.1 Ghz on a stock intel CPU cooler that came with the i7-970. Changed stock CPU Vcore voltage to 1.3750v and the Bclock 133mhz to 170mhz.
(170x25)=4250mhz (4.1ghz) and set my DDR3 ram to1066mhz. it's very stable and blazing FAST! bench test on 3Dmark11 get perfectly high scores at any places.
CPU idle between 27-32c and cores temp. between 30-45c is monitor by EVGA E-LEET tuning Utility.

Cons: None at this times.....

Other Thoughts: List Of My Built:
Thermaltake level 10GT Case
EVGA X58 Classified3 Mobo
Intel i7-970 Gulftown 3.2Ghz (Overclock to 4.1Ghz)
Intel CPU cooler (Stock CPU cooler came with i7-970)
Triple Channel 12G. Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (Set target to 1066Mhz for overclock)
ATi FirePro V7800 Graphic Card, 2G. Memory, 1440 Stream Processing Units
Western Digital Hard Drive, 1T. for OS and Application
Seagate, 2T. for Second Drive
LG Blu-ray Burnner
External LG DVD Burner with Lightscribe
Aerocool Touch-2000 (Temp. Monitor)
AFT Pro-55U UDMA Multi-cards reader
Logitech Wireless keyboard and Mouse
27" LCD Monitor 70000:1 1ms Respond times (SyncMaster P2770)
JBL Sub Woofer and Speakers

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  • 10/5/2011 7:45:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Does 4ghtz easy. Who needs Sandy bridge? 6/12 cant beat that to do REAL computer work.

Cons: *NONE* price maybe a little high the new stuff will be out next month.

Other Thoughts: Drop price more already. Newegg best service fast shipping and never any problems with any Rma 5 eggs all the way.

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  • Nelson M.
  • 9/16/2011 3:22:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Blazing fast... best CPU I ever bought

Cons: None

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  • Justin C.
  • 9/13/2011 12:05:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRuns great

Pros: I've had this for a month now and chose it over the Sandybridge ones for the 6core/12thread capability.

with just an H50 cooler, it instantly OC'd to 4.2ghz and maxxed out at 75degrees on Prime. Very stable and cool, great CPU

Cons: Price compared to sandy bridges

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  • Paul P.
  • 8/22/2011 11:31:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsI own it

Pros: 3.8142Ghz with fatal1ty RAM 6G trile kit in Auto at 1250Mhz.

All voltage stock. I only changed the Host Clock Frequency to 159 out of 200.

Cons: Some people will consider this platform to be old and underperforming.

Other Thoughts: At 32nm heat should not be an issue as it is very hard to light up all six cores much less HyperThread in 12 virtual cores. I speak of an average user.

In single thread game apps the one to three cores functioning, their heat that is, is spread over the entire flat heatsink contact surface of the CPU [the flat surface Fred], so you can surmise that less than 1/3rd of the CPU is fired up running the gaming application. TRANSLATION: It runs cool, Wendy. You do not have to go and get the bat! I have been talking about tusing the stock INTEL HSF.

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