Intel i7 970 Review


Intel i7 970 Review


When Intel released the 980x it was a breakthrough in a lot of ways. Firstly it was a hex-core processor that also had hyper-threading, giving us a 12 core beast. It also had the new AES instruction sets allowing it to deal with encryption blazingly fast, and was on the new 32nm process which kept it very cool giving us insane overclocking ability.

Like all premium Intel processors it had a premium price-tag to match. So what if you want all the benefits of incredible processing power, but haven't quite got the 800-odd pounds available to buy the 980?

Intel have got you covered with the release of the Intel i7 970. All the features of the i7 980, just minus the unlocked multiplier.

Technical Specifications

Over to the Intel website to grab the technical specifications.

Launch DateQ3'10
Processor Numberi7-970
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.46 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache12 MB
Bus/Core Ratio24
Intel® QPI Speed4.8 GT/s
# of QPI Links1
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Supplemental SKUNo
Lithography32 nm
Max TDP130 W
VID Voltage Range


1ku Bulk Budgetary Price



Intel® Turbo Boost TechnologyYes
Intel® Hyper-Threading TechnologyYes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)Yes
Intel® Trusted Execution TechnologyNo
AES New InstructionsYes
Intel® 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechnologyYes
Intel® Demand Based SwitchingNo
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesNo
Execute Disable BitYes


Time for a look at the i7 970.

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Most Recent Comments

12-08-2010, 17:25:55

Had your fancy taken by the i7 980X but can't stretch to the price tag? The i7 970 might be just the thing you need.

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12-08-2010, 17:37:49

epic overclock fellaQuote

12-08-2010, 17:58:50

I've been waiting for this to go live so I can give you public congratulations for the overclock dude. What an epic chip.Quote

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