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Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
The Intel Core i7-930 processor combines the power of four 2.80 GHz computing cores into a single processor, guaranteeing enough processing power for the most demanding applications. With 8 MB of smart cache, the Core i7-930 processor ensures that you get maximum responsiveness from your system, even when several intensive programs run simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7-930 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.
It is a proven fact that with four cores in one processor, users will experience better multitasking capabilities and multithread performance. This will enable you to gain more control on what you are doing and eliminate lag and downtimes in any work at hand.
Product Features and Specifications for the i7 Processor i7-930:
• Process Type: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930
• Frequency: 2.80 GHz
• Bus Speed: 4.8 GT/s
• Cache: 8 MB
• Process: 45 nm
• Four 2.80 GHz cores for better multitasking and multithreaded performance.
• 8 MB of smart cache.
• Integrated memory controller delivers higher memory bandwidth.
• Quick Path Interconnect provides fast data transfer between the processor and chipset.
• Brand Name: Intel
• Model: BX80601930
• Processor Count: 1
• Cache Memory Installed Size: 8 MB
• Warranty: 3 years warranty
Positive reviews regarding Core i7-930 has been flowing like a river. Many of those who used it take notice on its high performance quality with a price that is certainly within reach.
One user is running ubuntu 10-04 with 12gb memory on two monitors yet the CPU runs lightning fast with no problems. Re-touching of photographs and running other applications poses no problem at all. Some users are satisfied about the fact that the core i7-930 cut their video rendering time from 1 hour down to 8 minutes.
Another review states that when paired with a decent motherboard, Core i7-930 will run comfortably at 3.8GHz with an air cooler, and at 4.2GHz with better cooling. Here is where the problem lies as seconded by another user. Although he still lauds its performance, there is one thing that should not be left out regarding this processor.
When the 930 is running flat out 23x of BCLK and 4 cores with 8 threads Prime 95, the CPU goes into thermal runaway above 71 degrees Celsius! This CPU runs so hot that it cannot be over-clocked without water cooling or danger of burnout. Entering the flat out mode is another problem as the 930 does it rather slow.
This is a snag among the many wonderful features of the 930. This may not be a huge problem for average users, but certainly is a risk for those who want to maximize their CPU’s potential.
Overall, our recommendation goes both ways. We do recommend it if you are an average user who doesn’t do overclocking and primarily uses your computer in “safer” ways. But if you do over clock and constantly bring your CPU into its peak, you might want to invest more on your cooling system to keep your CPU from being fried, or ditch the idea and go for other processor that would greatly meet your hunger for overclocking.