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Intel Core i7 930 review

Like your CPUs over engineered? Try this quad-core masterpiece

Our Verdict

A superbly engineered CPU. But Intel's LGA1,156 CPUs make more sense for most.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Fantastic feature set
  • Great performance for a quad-core CPU

Against

  • LGA1,366 socket is not long for this world
  • Intel's six-core chips are much faster

A high end chip for mainstream money? That'll be the Intel Core i7 930. Based on the mighty Bloomfield core, it's identical in most respects to processors costing up to £800. But it's yours for £200 and change.

Compared to those top chips, the Core i7 930 only gives up a little clockspeed. Still, at 2.8GHz - plus a little extra when Intel's Turbo feature kicks in - it's hardly a slouch on the frequency front. More importantly, you get all the high end Bloomfield features, including four cores, eight threads, a triple-channel memory controller and the uber-bandwidth QPI interface.

Like other Intel processors for the LGA 1,366 socket, the Core i7 930 is arguably over-engineered for the desktop. But like a 1980s Mercedes, there's satisfaction to be had from knowing you own something so impeccably constructed, even if some of the details are overkill.

Of course, like an old Merc, running a 930 doesn't come without cost. Motherboards and memory are expensive. In that context, Intel's own Core i7 870 processor gives a better return on your investment. What's more, the recent arrival of six-core processors from Intel has made Bloomfield a little less desirable.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power130 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i7
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed2.80 GHz
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
QuickPath Interconnect2.40 GT/s
L2 Cache2 MB
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Model930
Product NameCore i7 930 2.8GHz Processor
Product LineCore i7
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80601930
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

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

Process Technology45 µm