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Intel Core i7 920 review

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

Intel Core i7 920
Only bettered by its bigger brother, this Core i7 920 is a 45nm monster

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


  • 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…