- 45nm Bloomfield 130W
- 8MB L3 Cache
- 4 x 256KB L2 Cache
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This review is from: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 Processor
Bought this processor May 12, 2009. After a bit of fiddling to find the best OC, I settled on 3.8 GHz and have been there ever since. Runs solid as a rock, no issues whatsoever with 3.5 years of use. I could probably push the clock higher as the Zalman cooler is superb and I have a very well ventilated case, but honestly I don't see the need. I was originally planning on upgrading with Sandy Bridge, but here we are after the release of Ivy Bridge and I still don't feel any serious motivation to upgrade. The increased OC headroom and decreased power usage might be nice, but I'm starting to think I'll stick with this until they release something in the same price range that's at least 6 core, hopefully 8. Until then, I just haven't run into the limits of this processor and I'm a relatively heavy gamer.
Would be nice to feel like I needed to upgrade so I could get a motherboard with SATA 6, USB 3, and PCI-E x16 2.0 but this darn processor is just so good I can't justify it!
It is sort of lame that LGA 1366 was only supported for a couple generations of Intel processors, but that's not really the processor's fault.
The one area where I've run into what might be processor based bottleneck is playing Starcraft 2, cheating to allow my population limit to 600 then storming a place with heavy explosions and other effects, but that could just as easily be a bottleneck from my GTX 460. I've already upgraded video cards once, and I think I'll go through another generation before I get past the useful life of this processor.
Paired with a Zalman heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046
Gigabyte X58 Motherboard:
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