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Intel quietly rolls in Core i7 960 CPU

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 October 2009, 14:42

Tags: Core i7, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Much of Intel's desktop attention has been focused on launching and supporting the Lynnfield-based Core i5 and Core i7 chips, released at the start of September 2009.

Rather more quietly, the chip giant has bolstered the range-topping LGA1366 Core i7 line, known as Bloomfield, with the Core i7 960.

Model number Cores / threads Clockspeed Turbo Boost  Process Cache Interface Memory controller
Official memory support
TDP
Socket Price (as of today)
Core i5 750 4/4 2.67 3.20 45nm (Lynnfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
DMI Dual-channel DDR3-1,333 95W LGA1156 £149
Core i7 860 4/8 2.80 3.46 45nm (Lynnfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
DMI Dual-channel DDR3-1,333 95W LGA1156 £210
Core i7 870
4/8 2.93 3.60 45nm (Lynnfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
DMI Dual-channel DDR3-1,333 95W LGA1156 £420
Core i7 920 4/8 2.67 2.93 45nm (Bloomfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
QPI Triple-channel DDR3-1066 130W LGA1366 £199
Core i7 950 4/8 3.06 3.33

45nm (Bloomfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
QPI Triple-channel DDR3-1,066 130W LGA1366 £420
Core i7 960 4/8 3.20 3.46 45nm (Bloomfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
QPI Triple-channel DDR3-1,066 130W LGA1366 £420
Core i7 975 EE 4/8 3.33 3.60 45nm (Bloomfield) 1MB L2
8MB L3
QPI Triple-channel Unlocked (1,600+) 130W LGA1366 £699

Coming in at the same 3.20GHz frequency as the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition, which has now made way for the 975 EE processor, the new chip will effectively replace the Core i7 950 as the middle LGA1366 CPU.

The introduction of the Core i7 960 casts further doubt on the relevance of the LGA1156 Core i7 870, and we should expect to see the latest 9-series chip in systems costing around £1,500.

Still too expensive to recommend to most enthusiasts, Intel's ability to charge £400-plus for a single chip is directly related to AMD's inefficacy to compete in the high-performance sector.


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