Intel Core i7 930 Review

Synthetics Part 2

Intel Core i7 930   Review

Synthetics Continued

PC Mark Vantage

The PC Mark Vantage suite tests the whole system rather than the processor solely, and we can see that the stock results stay where we'd expect with the 930 having a small lead, but in overclocked trim the difference is negligible.


POV-Ray, similarly to our previous page, mainly relies on pure grunt and so the 930 gains a lead over the 920 and holds it even in our overclocked test.

CineBench 11.5

To the surprise of exactly nobody by now, once again the 930 bests the 920 by a reasonable margin. The OpenGL test showed a similar improvement, but we know that the 5870 can handle all the horsepower it's possible to throw at it.

3D Mark Vantage CPU Tests

Part of the 3D Mark Vantage suite is a pure CPU test. Although this plays a small role in the final score it's sufficiently separate that we've included it within these results.

Both CPU1 and CPU2 tests demonstrate that the 930 is proving an outstanding processor.



Away from the more synthetic testing, does the 930 still hold its lead when gaming?

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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 [email protected] 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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