Intel quietly slips out Core i7-930, future for 920 uncertain

By Matthew ยท 40 replies
Mar 8, 2010
  1. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Reducing bugs reduces the heat, reducing the heat increases overclocking ability. The original 920's (CO stepping) could only reach 4ghz at 1.4-1.5v core or higher the newer 920 with D0 stepping can reach 4ghz with a lower 1.25-1.3v depending on each persons CPU, allowing for expansion in the overclocking of the cpu or at very least increasing stability of the cpu. I owned both 920's as my first 920 (C0 stepping) burnt had problems and got replaced by a newer D0 stepping 920.

    I'd imagine with release of the latest 930 it's ability to be overclocked will be even higher.
  2. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Apparently the new i7 930 actually has a multiplier of 21 instead of the 920's 20. I found after hitting 4.46ghz (turbo enabled) on my 920 that the motherboard can't handle the bclk much higher than 213 (without better cooling on the NB chip-set). So with the higher multiplier you should be able to increase the 930 to 4.66ghz(or 5%'ish) over a standard i7 920 without to much trouble from a standard x58 same motherboard(with extreme cooling only).

    Also in this initial review of the i7 930 they were able to get to 4ghz with standard crappy intel cooler on the processor which is pretty insane.

    I can't even imagine how high you could go with a decent cpu cooler the only limit to this processors speed when overclocking will be the x58 board you purchase to go with this monster.
    Flip to page 8-9 of the link for overclocking review.
  3. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    Even without considering clock speed the 930 is probably the better processor. It's more recent and there are probably some bug fixes.
  4. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    The only reason I can see for the 930 is to revive the 920 sales through it, and of course I predict that 920 would be stopped,
  5. cocodel

    cocodel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Intel is doing great job on CPU market but theyr prices are sky high.Why need six core, eight core and no software is written to take advantage of multiple core? AMD doing balance betwen price and performance and if they keep going like that may force Intel to cut heavely on prices and this is good for customers:))
  6. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Intel just wants to update it's older products by replacing them with improved parts, which is always good for us. I would probably go with the i7 860, though, despite this new offering. Motherboards for socket 1366 are much more expensive.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,662   +1,096

    I personally prefer the i7 8xx series over the 9xx ones. I feel like i would be paying more for nothing extra. Only those who use dual 5970 benefit from that platform. Waste of money in my opinion.
  8. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    i don't feel that it will be good for those already having the 920 to go for an upgrade, but to those builind a new system (like me) can be appealing. Now i need an eraser, for i already made my list...

    see ya around

  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I'll be slipping in a intel 6 core cpu in july probably. My 920 is doing well for now. I dont work on the computer so when I am on I want it to be snappy. i bet most of us spend 5% of our work time on the computer waiting for things to load. After a month that time is well time kept I think.
  10. thebluemeaner

    thebluemeaner TS Rookie Posts: 64

    I hate it that even though core i3, i5 and i7 are out, processor prices for the core2 line are not going down.
  11. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    Given the minor differences from the 920 and 30 is this some kinda of upgrade is something wrong with the 920 why they MIGHT phase out? The Core i7-860... if you want to put it that way it offers a faster clock speed, has the same L3 cache a 35 TDP different and runs and a cheaper platform thats just less performance than the 930/20 if thats what you're looking for.
  12. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    waitin for bench marks! intel is going a great way ahead! its the best!
  13. jasonk1229

    jasonk1229 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    I hate the fact that they are eliminating their high end line, sad indeed
  14. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I would still take the The Core i7-860 over this. Seems like a much better deal with the cheaper supporting hardware.
  15. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    What an upgrade from a i7 920, well this is a business. -_-
  16. techsp10

    techsp10 Banned Posts: 37

    Intel is just showing how competitive they are with fast pace of the technology. Most likely the difference between 920 and 930 are their price of course, their specifications and future plans.
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