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Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601975 Desktop Processor

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  • 45nm Bloomfield 130W
  • 8MB L3 Cache
  • 4 x 256KB L2 Cache

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Crush your enemies, climb the tower of paperwork, or do both at the same time. Intel's Core i7 processor not only makes it possible, it makes it easy. The Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 has quad cores that run at 3.33GHz and shares 8MB of L3 cache.

Quad cores means true multi-tasking and multi-threading. One core handles the usual action on your operating system, while the second can play a DVD on the TV, the third download a file from internet, and the fourth one sends audio to the kids in another room with no lags or stutters. All this is made easier with Intel’s advanced Digital Media Boost.

With Intel Turbo Boost technology and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, The Core i7 enables highly threaded applications or demanding applications to work in maximum speed without need the slightest effort. The 45nm Intel Core i7 processor is armed Intel HD Boost, which implementing new Intel Streaming SIMD Extension 4.1 (Intel SSE4.1) instructions for fast high definition video editing and encoding, enhance the multimedia performance.

  • newegg Intel Core i7 Extreme Quad-core Processor With four processing cores, the multitasking monster Quad-Core Intel Core i7 Extreme processor delivers fourfold the performance on highly-threaded applications, taking your desktop PC experience into a completely new realm of mega power. The powerful processor delivers serious performance on the ultra-demanding games of today and tomorrow. The innovative 45nm quad-core technology optimizes thermal performance for reduced power consumption and noise.
  • newegg Integrated DDR3 Memory Controller With the integrated DDR3 memory controller, the Intel Core i7 Extreme 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 Advanced Smart Cache Intel Advanced Smart Cache Technology dynamically allocates the shared L2 cache to each processor core based on workload. This efficient, multi-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from fast L2 cache, resulting in significantly reduced latency for frequently used data and improved performance.
  • newegg Intel Turbo Boost technology Intel Turbo Boost technology maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload-more performance when you need it the most.
  • newegg Intel Wide Dynamic Execution With Intel Wide Dynamic Execution, each of the four cores can complete up to four full instructions simultaneously, improves execution speed and efficiency, delivering more instructions per clock cycle.
  • newegg Greater Performance with Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) Hyper-threading enables multi-threaded software applications to execute two software threads in parallel to improve system responsiveness. Intel Core i7 Extreme enabled with HT Technology deliver performance and multitasking gains that result in increased productivity and efficiency.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Jonathan R.
  • 1/3/2013 5:20:53 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGlad I got mine before it was discontinued.

Pros: In five days I will have been using this baby for three years. It still runs like the day I bought it.

I like sitting at 4.20GHz @ 33-39C on air. It has pretty much been like this since the day I bought it, 3 years ago. Takes a little tweaking to get past the constant BSoD's, but once that's done, it runs most excellently. I can OC much higher than 4.20GHz, but come on.. Why would you ever wanna not be at 4.20?

With the Coolermaster V8 heatsink, this idles around 33-39C and never exceeds 50C unless under extreme load. It usually wont ever get this high unless it has been up for numerous days running a VM amongst other things.

Cons: Cons? .. I came back three years later to write a review on a discontinued product that STILL impresses me to this day!

Other Thoughts: Hmm... Inb4 it breaks right after I finish expressing my confidence in it...

Oh it also performs better on XP than Win7. Sooooo much noticeably better. If you use Win7, settle for the lesser version of this cpu and save some money.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 8/13/2012 9:03:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat CPU!!

Pros: There's nothing you're going to throw at this CPU that it won't be able to keep up with. This CPU is overkill for pretty much everything aside from Video editing.

Cons: Price. it also has a habit of temp spiking.

Other Thoughts: I've taken this CPU to 4.3GHz and kept it there and higher since i bought the chip 2 years. I've watched the temps on it jump to over 100 C on more than one occasion (Yes, i know that's way to hot) and the chip still works like the day i bought it.

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  • Marco P.
  • 5/14/2011 4:43:44 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMarco P.

Pros: Great CPU, excellent for over clocking, very stable, no freeze ups as of yet and it has been a year and a half.

Cons: Not all CPUs are made the same and in my case mine requires heavy voltage to reach clocks others can do at a lower voltage setting. Not a huge issue but I did require water cooling in order to reach clocks others could reach on air. Not a huge issue, with water cooling I can now truly unlock my CPUs potential.

Other Thoughts: Pricey but well worth the money. You get what you pay for and with this is no exception. I have no doubts about this CPU. Even today I would go for this over an i7 920 or anything below the i7 975.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 5/4/2011 8:43:00 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUnbiased of Price

Pros: Over a year ago I was lucky enough to be handed one of these processors. Running stable at 4.0GHz (1.256V) for over a year I would have to say that this processor delivers. My temp usually idles around 35-40C and gets around 75C under heavy stress (Prime95 Torture Test heavy) with just air cooling (Zalman CNPS9900ALED).

Being on my 6th or so processor/rig I would have to say that I have never experienced such reliability, as it has yet to crash or lockup.

Cons: Had to buy a new motherboard and ram when I won this processor... :P

Other Thoughts: Would I have paid $999 for this at the time? Not a chance.

Would I be willing to pay $999 for a new EE when a substantial upgrade is released? Definitely.

Though I didn't spring the house payment for this processor the reliability which I have experienced could sway me in the future to make such a purchase.

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  • Louis R.
  • 4/25/2011 11:00:21 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat CPU

Pros: Fast with great OC potential.

Cons: Hot, I use a V10 with peltier. RAM, if you use substandard or standard RAM it can be problem just to get it to run. You need expensive sticks to OC but once you get a good tiple pair it clocks almost on par with a 920 without the loss of FSB speeds.

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  • Drew L.
  • 2/22/2011 10:53:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsE.P.I.C

Pros: Amazing, I haven't had any problems with this so far. Owned it for almost two years without a single hiccup. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product as I work in the IT field. Don't need to overclock the CPU to get amazing speeds and super responsive times.

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: So fast that your motherboard only detects it at its native speed. Requires a bit of BIOS setup.

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  • sean m.
  • 1/19/2011 10:11:47 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice chip

Pros: Great performance.Nice over-clocker.All Intel EE chips are awesome,all around.If you are into testing bench marks,this one beats out the 980 on a few(only a few and not by much)Over all great chip,but see other thoughts

Cons: I cannot and will not take off an egg for price.When it comes to cons,this item does not have one...and if anyone gets a chip that has defaults,do not take off Eggs for that-meaning you should post a review about a working chip...too many complaints about next to nothing...people,when selecting a chip want to hear about the chips pros and cons,not shipping pros and cons,especially newer people who are thinking about their first build and are undecided on which chip to purchase.Intel needs to pay more attention about the way they price their products and be mindful about the price of their products with more and better technology coming.

Other Thoughts: Intel needs to come up with a better price scheme.This item has not went down in price(only occasional deals)for the better part of a year and a half.Since then 2 better chips have came out and Intel should have reduced the price of this guy for the consumer's sake.Yes,this is a superb chip but not superb enough for me to shell out this kind of money when I can get a i7 970 for $899 and also I just got an i7 950 for &199 plus tax($211).The bottum line is the consumer can get an a chip with almost the same performance for $150 less and another chip for $211 with almost the same features.I would suggest going with the i7 950 and get an OCZ Vertex 200gb Ssd and go with an Evga Gtx 570 for $369----after buying these 3 items you will still have money left over--about $60.I am not saying go out and get these exact items-what I am sinply saying is that this chip isnt worth the price thats being asked.IMO is worth no more than $600 especially with better technology out there and better coming

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  • Seth b.
  • 1/16/2011 3:17:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSave your cash and buy a 930

Pros: Unlocked chip, ran cool on water at high OC 4.6ghz

Cons: not very fast, my OC i7920 was faster then the 975 OC. might have been a bad batch of 975s but from what i had and tested i didnt like it and sold it the same month.

Other Thoughts: buy a 6core for the same price or just OC a i7 930.

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4 out of 5 eggs1000 bux is silly

Pros: Extreme Edition offers more OC multipliers.

Cons: way too pricey still. should have gone down in price by now.

Other Thoughts: I have been running my i7 930 @ 4.2 GHz on AIR at stock voltage for months now, no crashes, no problems, 61.6 GFlops average in a 24 hr 500 pass LinX stability test, I game a lot, and fold during the work day and overnight. most i7's at revision d0 and above easily OC to 4.00 to 4.20 GHz. Google "i7 overclocking" if you need to see for yourself.

That's 4.20 GHz with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ btw - my temps run in the low 40's. i7's are designed to run well @ 4.20 GHz IMO - people who want to discount those of us who went cheap and overclocked high are just feeling defensive about thier $1000+ expenditure that they made. I understand. I get better performance for 1/5th the price. I'll bench my 930 against this thing out of the box any day, and win every time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2010 4:24:03 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsTo the guy who said "Awesome GPU"

Pros: This is an awesome processor for sure, but it DOES NOT give the bang for the buck I am used to with Intel processors, especially considering its "Extreme Edition" branding.

Cons: I have owned 2 of these and have installed them in 3 separate mobos and used dozens of different memory combos and the highest 100% STABLE overclock I could get was 4.2GHz. Disappointed with that overclock I purchased a 920 and hit 4.5GHz on my first try and it is 100% STABLE. When I say 100% STABLE I mean running Prime 95 24/7 and having no crashes. From my experience with 2 of these processors it is unlikely you will get a 100% STABLE 4.5GHz with this processor on air or water, you will need extreme cooling methods. With that said if you want the best bang for your buck get a processor with proven overclockability like the 920, or if you want to blow a house payment on a processor (at the time of this writing) get the 980.

Other Thoughts: To "Awesome GPU" guy, you should not be posting when you obviously don't know what you are talking about. To see that people actually found your "review" helpful is saddening. First off this product is a "CPU" not a "GPU". Second the 920 takes to overclocking much easier than the 975, and getting a STABLE overclock over 4.5GHz on any i7 processor is highly unlikely (and definitely not easy) and would require extreme cooling methods. Third the QPI does not make that much difference, but even if you wanted a higher QPI then the 920 can do it. I have had it over 7000MHz on my 920, but other things are more important that a high QPI for real world use. In my current rig I have a Asus R2E mobo and a 920 running at 4.5GHz with 12GB of RAM running at 1716MHz with CL in the 9's, and my QPI is only 3860MHz.

Finally if you do not own the product, please, please, please, do not post your thoughts in a review; you are just making more garbage for people to wade through to get to the REAL review

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