Intel Core i7 965EE, i7 940, i7 920 Review :: Core i7 Test Setup and Performance

11-08-2008 · Category: Hardware -

By Doc Overclock

For purposes of this review we decided to use the Intel test components that they sent with the CPUs for the out of the gate tests. There are three CPUs being tested: the Core i7 965, the Core i7 940 and the Core i7 920 which comprise Intel's entire lineup of the new CPUs. We got two new motherboards based upon the X58 chipset: the ASUS P6T Deluxe and the Intel DX58SO reference motherboard. As soon as we get five of them tested a new motherboard platform will appear based upon the new motherboard chipset and its scores. We've added two new tests and got rid of another to our benchmark suite: 7zip, x264 and updated Sandra to the latest revision so it can be compared between the CPUs. 3DMark05 is way outdated by today's standards and Aquamark 3's developers no longer exist so these two have been removed from the test suite.


Test System 1

  • Intel QX9770 CPU
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 running at 1333MHz
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs in RAID 0 Mode
  • ATI HD 4870 1GB video card running Catalyst 8.10
  • Cooler Master 1250W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1 installed

Test System 2

  • Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition running at 3.2GHz
  • 3GB Qimonda DDR3-1066MHz running at 1066MHz CL7
  • Intel 80GB SSD HDD
  • ATI HD Radeon HD 4870 1GB video card running Catalyst 8.10
  • CoolerMaster 1250W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1 installed

Test System 3

  • Intel Core i7 965 EE running at 940 specification running at 2.93GHz
  • 3GB Qimonda DDR3-1066MHz running at 1066MHz CL7
  • Intel 80GB SSD HDD
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB video card running Catalyst 8.10
  • CoolerMaster 1250W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1 installed

Test System 4

  • Intel Core i7 920 running at 2.66GHz
  • 3GB Qimonda DDR3-1066MHz running at 1066MHz CL7
  • Intel 80GB SSD HDD
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB video card running Catalyst 8.10
  • CoolerMaster 1250W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1 installed

Tests

  • Sysmark 2007 Preview with Patch 3
  • 3DMark06 1280x1024 default test
  • 3DMark Vantage default test
  • Sisoft Sandra XII
  • X264 Test
  • CPUBench 2003
  • Crystalmark 2004
  • 7zip
  • SpecViewPerf 10
  • wPrime95
  • Sysmark 2007 Preview
  • 3DMark Vantage/06
  • Sisoft Sandra XII Processor benchmark
  • X264/7Zip
  • CPUBench
  • Crystalmark 2004
  • PUBench 2003
  • SpecViewPerf
  • wPrime 95