Exclusive: Retail Core i7 CPUs More Powerful than Originally Reported

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Slugbait

A family member of mine works at Intel. Years ago, he gave me an engineering sample of a Gallatin core proc that would otherwise just go in the chipper...it had a locked ceiling of 3.6G. I was bummed, but yeah, putting hard limits on ES procs is pretty normal.

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scarleton

Two weeks back I upgraded from a 2.8G P4 to a Asus P6T Deluxe w/ Core i7-920 w/ 1066 memory. Very nice machine.  I just read this article but I don't understand if/how it applies to me.  Is this to say that I CAN put in 1600 memory and then go into the BIOS and tell it the memory is 1600, and the 920 will run at that speed?  Or is this saying the 920 has locked memory multipliers and it simply cannot run faster memory?

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pcwizmtl

Man, they really wanna keep kicking AMD in the nuts... but hey, I build budget systems often and you can never keep this sort of build under a grand. So it's not really budget, more like high end budget.

Awesome article none the less. I know what my post Core2 build will be :D

Kudos

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plaskon

budget badass just got more badder.

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Russtynailz

Gordon,

I have an Asus p6t deluxe OC palm with a I7 965 extreme, and I am running 30 x 140 bclk for 4.2ghz so did I only change the turbo mode ramping???

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gordonung

Is it a V2 board? I have to confess that I haven't fired up the P6T in quite some time. Perhaps the BIOS has changed. It's also possible that our extreme chip is multiplier locked since even Intel doesn't seem to know what is locked or not locked these days. 

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CTskifreak

Nice -- now when I build my system, I'll know of some things thar make my processor faster than without a true overclock. Awesomeeee

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terk67

I just won a free i7 920 and an intel DX58SO motherboard at an intel event in Miami FL holy crap and I was sorta bummed it was the 920 but now hells yeah!

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Ilander

So, if you lock the memory at 1066 on an engineering sample, what happens?  Well, you guys (the media) are the ones who get those, and you publish benchmarks on their products---so, it's likely intel is benchmark-loading.  They want to ensure the i7 920 doesn't eat into their 965 and 940 sales, so, locking the memory a bit longer ensures that the benchmarks turn out sufficiently widened to give people a reason to want the next two products up.

 

This article has completely reaffirmed my feelings that the 920 was the only processor worth getting of the i7 trio....it performs closer to the 965 than we think.

 

Also reminds me that all the 940 testing was done with a "simulated" 940...meaning, it too had access to higher memory speeds when originally tested.

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sasquatch42

wrong link

 

cpuid, not cpupid

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norman

fixed, thanks. -- Norm

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emepror

ohh holy crap that is awesome cant wait to get mine now!!!!!

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rakillah

All the i7 cpus are unlocked, what determines if the QPI and memory feature is not unlocked is if you buy OEM as in Sony, Dell or HP computers. If you buy retail box or OEM a.k.a tray Cpu by itself, the feature is unlock only if have a custom motherboard with it.

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