Thursday, October 29th 2009

Intel Core i7 930 Slated for Q1 2010

Intel's Core i7 LGA-1366 performance segment processors is in for another update, past the recent introduction of the Core i7 960 (3.20 GHz). The newest entry replaces the popular Core i7 920, and leverages the company's socket LGA-1366 platform as the ultimate high-performance desktop platform. The Core i7 930, like all processors in the Core i7 900 series, runs on motherboards with the Intel X58 Express chipset. The processor comes with a clock speed of 2.88 GHz. Assuming it retains the base frequency of 133 MHz, we're not entirely sure how 2.88 GHz is worked out with a bus multiplier value that is a whole number. Since the Core i7 930 replaces the i7 920, it is expected to seat itself at the same price point of $299. Since this release comes slightly ahead of that of Intel's "Gulftown" 6-core processor, in Q1 2010, it remains to be seen if this processor continues to be built on the 45 nm HKMG process, or the newer 32 nm one.


Source: bit-tech.net
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48 Comments on Intel Core i7 930 Slated for Q1 2010

#1
a_ump
by: shevanel
i went from e6600 to q9550.. then q9550 to i7 920 and would do it again and again and again.

nothing better than having a system that will do whatever you need it to when you need it to. perfection.
do you actually notice a difference from the q9550? like honestly. I've only ever thought that i7 was necessary only if you were a benchmarking person or you had a high end SLI/xfire config.
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#2
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I'm content with my X3370(Q9650), no need to upgrade to an i7 that will show little performance improvement over my current setup. Hell, I just bought an X3220(Q6600) for my other rig.

I'll wait for the 32-nm Quads, and yes they will exist, it would be sill if they didn't. Once Intel moves to the 32-nm, they will release an entire range using 32-nm. The quads might be one of the 6-cores with 2 cores disabled, but I don't care, they will overclock like mad and be super cheap(relatively)...
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#3
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
I like that this will replace the 920's price point and keep the low end X58/1366 lineup VERY strong, and for the record, I consider a 920 D0 to already be on par with the mightly Q6600 (in terms of legendary status), albeit a lot more expensive to adopt, so far less adopters.

I don't regret for a second going i7, even if I use a scrap of it's power @ 4.2ghz, I just love having a system that is this damn quick, and I know I can just keep throwing top end gfx cards in it and not have to worry, not for a while yet.
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by: a_ump
same here. my q6600 at 3.2ghz works fine. When i had a HD 4870 for a while my Stalker ClearSky FPS were basically the same as w1z's results with his i7 at 3.8ghz. I personally think that for 1680x1050 or higher you really only need a solid c2q or phenom II x3 as at those res the load is on the gfx, any more cpu and its a waste or i suppose you could say futureproofing. Course some people benchmark(i don't) so that's where the difference is.
Not everyone here only games, a lot of i7 users do a shit load of encoding aswell, now tell me a x3 or a c2q can compete with an i7. btw, that wasnt a dig if it sounded like one :toast:

Heck I barely use mine, but the power is there for when I do sometimes, not too mention I am part of an elite few who own i7 :laugh: I mean few as in % compared to all the computers in the world, i7 maybe counts for 1% of the processors ?? :rockout: and I likes looking at my 8 threads in taskmgr :D
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#5
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
by: newtekie1
I'm content with my X3370(Q9650), no need to upgrade to an i7 that will show little performance improvement over my current setup. Hell, I just bought an X3220(Q6600) for my other rig.

I'll wait for the 32-nm Quads, and yes they will exist, it would be sill if they didn't. Once Intel moves to the 32-nm, they will release an entire range using 32-nm. The quads might be one of the 6-cores with 2 cores disabled, but I don't care, they will overclock like mad and be super cheap(relatively)...
Well, once again it depends what you do. If you are cunching with your rigs, it's really nice to have 8 threads working for you. ;)
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#6
T3kl0rd
This is awesome news. I wanted to get a 920 @ Micro Center for $199, hopefully they will have the 930 in 2010 at that price as well. This CPU will be relevant for 5 years down the road and will max your expensive GPU's when other CPUs can't. :rockout:
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#7
shevanel
by: a_ump
do you actually notice a difference from the q9550? like honestly. I've only ever thought that i7 was necessary only if you were a benchmarking person or you had a high end SLI/xfire config.
You bet I can. I can load whatever I want and not have to worry about choking my machine out. I don't have to exit background aps to free up resources. I can pause a game and minimize it only to forget it is still open because it feels like it's not. I might not encode video everyday but at least when I can I can still do 20 other things without the machine even skipping a beat.

Plus, it's friggin fun to show friends. I'll use media player classic and select open individual window for each movie and open up 100+ videos that all play simulataneoulsy @ 60% cpu usage... yeah that's useless but at least I know I don't have a machine that has tons of flaws and limitations. It's all preference and expectations really.
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#8
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: shevanel
You bet I can. I can load whatever I want and not have to worry about choking my machine out. I don't have to exit background aps to free up resources. I can pause a game and minimize it only to forget it is still open because it feels like it's not. I might not encode video everyday but at least when I can I can still do 20 other things without the machine even skipping a beat.

Plus, it's friggin fun to show friends. I'll use media player classic and select open individual window for each movie and open up 100+ videos that all play simulataneoulsy @ 60% cpu usage... yeah that's useless but at least I know I don't have a machine that has tons of flaws and limitations. It's all preference and expectations really.
I don't think you mentioned anything that can't be done on my X3370 or even the X3220...
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#9
shevanel
well true but I was asked about e6600- q9550 - i7 920... and I am finally content. It was the medicine that cured the urge to need "more". the q9550 was ok, but it still seemed to get choked out fairly easily.
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#10
a_ump
really? hmm i guess its just having experienced an i7 that helps you notice a difference. to me, my q6600 doesnt feel like it chokes. but to each his or her own(and what their wallet can afford XD)
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#11
shevanel
when i went from e6600 to q9550 it was like, damn this is sweet.

when i went from q9550 to i7 it was like, holy shit this is rediculous.

its not just the cpu, the ram and motherboard also make the difference.
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#12
T3kl0rd
I hope to go from a P4 to Core i7 930. I expect my reaction to be along the lines of incredulous and perhaps shock.
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#13
Tatsumaru
For examp... my Q6600 G0 is a 3.4 ghz and works like a charm !!!
dont see the point in getting from a quad core to another quadcore,even if its a 45nm against my 65nm technology,
now the real Jump is what i intend to go from Q6600 a quad core cpu to core i9 with a 6 core cpu on 32 nm !!! now that is what i call diffrence !
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#14
T3kl0rd
Except nothing will recognize your 6 cores for a long time except possibly Windows 7.
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#15
Kantastic
by: T3kl0rd
I hope to go from a P4 to Core i7 930. I expect my reaction to be along the lines of incredulous and perhaps shock.
Well.. I went from a 920 to a P4 and.. well.. it was quite a shock! :roll:
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#16
a_ump
by: T3kl0rd
Except nothing will recognize your 6 cores for a long time except possibly Windows 7.
lol. will i9 not be hyper threaded? i'd think it would so that would be 12 threads in task manager :eek: lol. But years ahead of its time for game related use.

@Tatsumaro: long live our q6600's!!!!!!!!! :laugh:
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#17
shevanel
i7 is overkill, so is a 350-400hp daily commuter.. but if it's affordable to you then i'd say do it.

i went i7 because pc's are a hobby really. it's something to do in my own spare time. i was able to taste different cpu's/setups and the i7 has by far been the most fun, and i havnt even ran it on a powerhouse gpu like my old gtx 275.

I havent even been able to run triple channel memory yet either.. hence my mobo RMA. So things might get even sweeter when I grab a next gen video card and my board is fully functional.

I miss kicking back, smokin' a ***** and watching that damn fuzzy donut spin, amongst other things.
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#18
SonDa5
by: gumpty
It would be sweet if they made it 32nm and dropped the TDP for this chip. They might just have a sure-fire winner like the Q6600 G0 if it still overclocks well.
Agree.

I want to see some tweaked 32nm flavors in as many sockets as possible!!! :rockout:
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#19
REVHEAD
by: SonDa5
Agree.

I want to see some tweaked 32nm flavors in as many sockets as possible!!! :rockout:
Socket 1366 only, they will not be making 32nm chips for Budget 1156 BOARDS , this is why they are budget. Highend CPUs like the I9 will be 1366 only, so all the cheeseballs that thought they were onto a good upgrade path with the 1156 socket will be in a rock and a hard place, but Intel could change there minds if demand called for it.
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vagxtr
by: REVHEAD
Socket 1366 only, they will not be making 32nm chips for Budget 1156 BOARDS , this is why they are budget. Highend CPUs like the I9 will be 1366 only, so all the cheeseballs that thought they were onto a good upgrade path with the 1156 socket will be in a rock and a hard place, but Intel could change there minds if demand called for it.
No :o its not possible they'll disband their newly bred lga1156 just 1-1.5year from its introductio. Does it resemles to something. Damns s754 that fairly saw first E0 Venices on 90nm. If this thingy is really goin' on well then at last will se some of i7 based on 32nm in early Q2 2011 :rolleyes: So it's an worth upgrade :D.

NTM that i7 860 costs more than i7 920 and first is only dual channel on speculative quality p55 boards that cost almost the same as fully fledged x58. But that's an old sotry now.


by: T3kl0rd
This CPU will be relevant for 5 years down the road and will max your expensive GPU's when other CPUs can't. :rockout:
Some of us thought that about x2 introduction in 2005 or when Q6600 was introduced 3years ago :o Well q6600 is still good bench cpu but it's time in terms of performance are quickly degraded not a year and half after when qx9650 and whole q9x50 series is introduced. And not even mentioning todays high end that came only nine month after that (2year from Q6600). So we usually saw about of 3 years cycle to some real benchable life for high-end cpu and don't believe that even i9 hexacore 32nm would be more prone to that cycle so i9 930 based only on 4 HT cores a year after Nehalem would be fair CPU for only about 2yrs at most. After that it only be a decent good oldtimer :D
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#21
T3kl0rd
by: vagxtr
...So we usually saw about of 3 years cycle to some real benchable life for high-end cpu and don't believe that even i9 hexacore 32nm would be more prone to that cycle so i9 930 based only on 4 HT cores a year after Nehalem would be fair CPU for only about 2yrs at most. After that it only be a decent good oldtimer :D
Core i7, the 9xx line especially is the biggest technological leap in central processing power from the previous year that I have seen. This lends itself to the longevity of the CPU and puts the onus on AMD to create something that can equal it in power.
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#22
vaiopup
I would be content just to see the 2 players stick to the same socket for more than 5 minutes.
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#23
vagxtr
by: T3kl0rd
Core i7, the 9xx line especially is the biggest technological leap in central processing power from the previous year that I have seen. This lends itself to the longevity of the CPU and puts the onus on AMD to create something that can equal it in power.
Yep if you waving blue flag, otherwise intel really didnt done anything that wasnt available in x86 world since 2003 :D
And above that if you reconsider how things quickly are outperformed in just a 2-3 generation advancement as i mentioned in earlier post we can hardly dreaming of that commoners i7 920 from begining of this year as king of cpu in next 27 month. Hopefully there would be Bulldozer in some 15month time and Sandy Bridge will follow soon after and that low end Nehalem will have only 40% or less of their power (considering i7 920 OCed to 4.0GHz) in that 27month time
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