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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz Processor Review

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you're a computer enthusiast, you're likely already familiar with Intel's Core i7 processors, which have been widely hailed as the fastest desktop processors available on the market today. Introduced at the end of 2008, Intel's newest desktop processors are finally maturing and becoming more accessible in the market. It's time to take a look a fresh look at the Core i7 processor.
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Intel Aug 15 2009   Julian Apong  
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32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007, PCMark Vantage

BAPco SYSmark 2007 1.05 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2007 is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of Video creation, E-learning, 3D Modeling and Office Productivity. This new release includes a robust and refreshed set of applications. The new release also incorporates numerous new features and enhancements such as an improved GUI allowing streamlined start-up and run along with a heads-up-display (HUD) and automated error reporting.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSYSMark 2007 Preview 1.05
Overall: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 167
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 159
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 146
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 144
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 138
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 135
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 145
AMD Athlon II X2 250 127
E-Learning: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 167
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 174
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 175
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 155
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 144
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 147
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 157
AMD Athlon II X2 250 133
Videocreation: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 166
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 149
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 117
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 113
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 128
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 106
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 138
AMD Athlon II X2 250 137
Productivity: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 148
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 139
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 135
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 141
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 132
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 138
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 139
AMD Athlon II X2 250 103
3D: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 191
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 178
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 163
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 175
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 152
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 151
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 148
AMD Athlon II X2 250 140

Sysmark shows that the Core i7 920 in real-world applications. Sysmark uses a variety of everyday applications to measure overall system performance, and the fact of the matter is that a lot of these won't take advantage of more than two cores. In situations like this the extra cores and HyperThreading simply get in the way..

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 1.0.0.0 Source: FutureMark

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Windows Vista PC from multi media home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

Higher scores are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark PCMark Vantage 1.0.0.0
Overall: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 6173
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 4849
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4641
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 6153
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 5150
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 5146
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4740
AMD Athlon II X2 250 4658
Memory: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 4432
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 4581
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4131
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4915
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 3848
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 3833
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4188
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3981
TV and Movies: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 4412
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3617
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3488
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4329
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 3394
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 3521
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3323
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3227
Gaming: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 7056
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 5305
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 5192
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 6094
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 5170
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 5195
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4867
AMD Athlon II X2 250 4675
Music: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 5286
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 4996
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4923
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 5743
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 5043
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 5122
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4797
AMD Athlon II X2 250 4632
Communications: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 5080
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 4442
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4618
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 5158
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 4567
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 4559
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4141
AMD Athlon II X2 250 4002
Productivity: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 5282
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 4441
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4441
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 5792
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 5261
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 5296
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4413
AMD Athlon II X2 250 4131
HDD: Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 4154
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 4280
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4273
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4162
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 4030
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 3896
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 4101
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3997


Futuremark's synthetic benchmarks are designed to take advantage of multiple cores, and as soon as that's the case the Core i7 920 steps into the spotlight. The less-expensive Phenom II 955 Black Edition manages a very close second here.

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Contents of Article: Intel Core i7 920
 Pg 1.  Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Intel Core i7 Technology
 Pg 3.  CPU Power Consumption Tests
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Nahalem - eight cores, new architecture
 Pg 5.  — 32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra Processor & Memory
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.3, WinRAR
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 10.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 12.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 13.  lots of power, is it what you want?

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