Intel Core i7 920 review

This entry level Core i7 shows the world what Intel can do with their 45nm trickery

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Our Verdict

This is one of the fastest processors available but its a massive shame the mobos to support it cost about the same, if not more

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Extremely fast
  • Best CPU architecture on the market


  • Needs almost a whole new PC
  • Pricey with all things considered

When Intel announced its awesome new Core i7 quad-core processor, we were sure it would be priced out of reach of mere mortals.

After all, in raw performance terms this CPU architecture has no equals. Surely Intel can name its price?

It came as a pleasant surprise when we discovered the 2.66GHz 920 model would retail at under £250. OK, that's a lot of cash, but given that this chip outperforms the £1,000 Core 2 Extreme QX9770 in most benchmarks and beats AMD's Phenom II hands down, you could almost call it a bargain.

The catch? You'll need a new mobo and probably some DDR3 memory costing a grand total of £400. An awesome performer and deeply desirable. Just don't be fooled by the superficially attractive price…

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power130 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i7 i7-900
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed2.66 GHz
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
QuickPath Interconnect4.80 GT/s
Product Seriesi7-900
  • Intel DX58SO Desktop Board
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product ModelI7-920
Product NameCore i7-920 2.66GHz Processor
Package TypeRetail
Product LineCore i7
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80601920
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With faster, intelligent multi-core technology that automatically applies processing power where it's needed most, new Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. They're the best desktop processors on the planet.

Process Technology45 nm