Intel Core i7 930 Review

Test Setup and Synthetics

Intel Core i7 930   Review

Test Setup

ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme
6GB Corsair Dominator GT @1333
1000w OCZ PSU
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic Cooling MX3
Core i7 930 @ Stock and @ 200x21 for Overclocking

Synthetic Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra

At stock the 930 has the little advantage we'd expect to see from the extra 140MHz clock speed. However there is obviously a benefit from the refined process as this advantage remains in the overclock tests.


Lavalys Everest shows that this is most certainly not a freak set of circumstances. Again the stock result has the benefit of the extra clock speed, but this remains even when both processors are overclocked to the same level. Considering that the 920 needs an extra 0.1v to achieve this, it really shows how advanced the 930 is.


wPrime, which performs a similar test to Super Pi again shows that the 930, even at identical clock speeds to the 920, has enough benefit to outperform its predecessor.

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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2010, 09:41:04

On paper, totally uninteresting, but in practice, amazing!

Why is it happier with such lower voltages if the process is the same size? I don't know a lot about the intricacies of CPU production, but I'm interested to know what was actually changed, as going by the spec sheet doesn't yield much information.

A CPU like this should be good for many years, despite intel inevitably changing socket design in the not too distant future.Quote

16-04-2010, 10:43:47

That's just staggering! So glad I'm getting one of these! Maybe I'll see if I can match your "sweet spot"...Quote

16-04-2010, 11:56:24

Will the 32nm chips be out this summer then? I imagine they will be able to break 4GHz at lower voltages?

The 3.8GHz@ 1.11v is ridiculous, but in terms of speed alone, it does not seem to offer that much advantage over the slightly cheaper 920 (£40 on

17-04-2010, 08:39:05

WOW! 3.8 at 1.11v... It was a good thing I wasn't drinking anything. And with that low of voltage temps must be amazing! (I skipped to the conclusion Sorry)Quote

17-04-2010, 14:39:53

They charge more for the 930 over there? By me its the same price as 920. $199 U.S.Quote

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