Intel Core i7-950 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

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

Launch DateQ2'09
Processor Numberi7-950
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Clock Speed3.06 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.33 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache8 MB
Bus/Core Ratio23
Intel® QPI Speed4.8 GT/s
# of QPI Links1
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Lithography45 nm
Max TDP130 W
VID Voltage Range0.800V-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.

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Most Recent Comments

12-10-2010, 20:47:13

With the recent price-drop of the i7-950 we felt it was time to take a look at the middle child of the LGA1366 range.

Continue ReadingQuote

12-10-2010, 20:54:50

nice OC's on that fella

1v tho lmao thats epeic,are they safe to run with that speed and voltsQuote

12-10-2010, 21:02:08

Watch the vid dude Quote

12-10-2010, 21:32:34

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

12-10-2010, 21:49:39

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Watch the vid dude
ahh yes

and that was one of your campest vids yet fella LMAOQuote

12-10-2010, 22:18:36

cant wait for the oc guide because few tips from the pros never went wrongQuote

13-10-2010, 12:03:20

You won the chip lottery there, Tom! If I could get my hands on one of them... Quote

13-10-2010, 12:39:13

nice chip, I thought my i7 920 oc at 3.2ghz at 1.125v was good, but 1v thats really good lol

and well done hitting the 5k suscriber

i've been telling anyone i know who is into computers to check you and OC3D out,

you do always make it interesting and easy to watch so well done tom!Quote

13-10-2010, 13:18:26

Thanks for all the kind words boys.

Tis a very nice CPU though, the silicone gods have been good to us in very different ways lately!Quote

13-10-2010, 13:23:58

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Tis a very nice CPU though, the silicone gods have been good to us in very different ways lately!
especially with your 970 at 5ghz Quote

13-10-2010, 13:38:54

Toxteth O'Grady
Best deals right now for 950 are £223 vs £212 best for 930. No brainer.



27-10-2010, 12:45:43

Tom, when will you be doing the 950 overclock vid?

Would like to know if I can decrease voltages and still keep speedQuote

27-10-2010, 13:23:37

Originally Posted by kemical View Post

Tom, when will you be doing the 950 overclock vid?

Would like to know if I can decrease voltages and still keep speed
Dont know matey really as Im mega busy with other things atm.Quote

27-10-2010, 14:39:01

Ok, thanks


27-10-2010, 16:38:37

Originally Posted by kemical View Post

Ok, thanks
I will rty and do it in the next few weeks but as I said in the video its not quite as simple as you may think and I want it done correctly.Quote

24-11-2010, 20:31:11


I just saw the video on YouTube and thought I hop in.

Here's a lil' screeny of my i7-950


10-12-2010, 12:11:08

Just letting you know looking forward to your OC guide. Probably like the zillionth time you've heard that, take your time ill be happy whenever its done. ^^"

from the videos seems like its taken alot of work and is gonna take even more but maybe it can accompany some sort of print out\text aswell aswell as the video, but i wouldn't really know how it would work.

good luckQuote

17-02-2011, 14:42:12

shud i spend on getting a 360 rad n a MCP655 pump for ocing a 950 or is the d14 better off?is the d14 better than the rasa 750?Quote

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