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Intel Core i7 930 CPU review - busting through 4GHz

by Tarinder Sandhu on 1 March 2010, 08:16 4.0

Tags: Core i7 930 OC (25/02/10), SCAN, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Introduction




Intel has a pre-CeBIT present for the enthusiast. It comes in the form of a new Core i7 chip for the performance-class X58 platform.

Those of you who think it's the much-heralded six-core Core i7 980X CPU will be disappointed - for a short while yet.

Enthusiasts whose wallets don't stretch to the £750-plus for Intel's finest desktop CPU may well rejoice at the news that the chip giant is releasing an upgrade to the ever-popular Core i7 920.

Priced at the same $284 (£215) as the entry-level LGA1366 offering, Intel is quietly pushing the Core i7 930 to retail. Dropping into our labs on a Friday afternoon from the folks at Scan, we take a look at performance against the chip it effectively replaces. We throw in AMD's £137 Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition for good measure.