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Intel Core i7-970 Processor 3.20 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366

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Pros: Fantastic performance, Oc'able, handles GTX 680 SLI with no problem

Cons: Still expensive even if I got it at a discounted price of $500, also runs hot

It is a great processor that still completely keeps up with the newer Intel and AMD generations. I was able to OC it to 4.4Ghz under air cooling, and the performance is phenomenal. This cpu handles multi-threaded applications incredibly well -in fact at 4.4ghz it is well faster than a stock i7-3960X (I am well aware the latter can be overclocked as well, but it still shows how powerful this cpu is). The single-threaded peformance is also excellent, though it comes at 10-12% worse than SB. The chip however can easily handle driving twopowerful cards such as the GTX 680in SLI with both GPUs at 95+% usage at all times.

so to summerize for multi-threaded usage it easily bests Bulldozer, Thuban, even socket 1155 SBs easily, and for gaming it comes very close to the current generation of Intel CPUs, and also handijly beats BD and Phenom IIs. All of this from a CPU released and bought in 2010 for $500.

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Pros: Solid clocker, low volts needed, stock cooler holds its' own even with mild OC'ing

Cons: Expensive

I upgraded to the i7 970 from the 920 with the Intel Retail Edge program. Best investment I have made into my rig. Period. This chip is also highly overlooked, given that at the launch price the 980X or 990X could be had for not much more.

For starters, it runs cooler than the 920 despite the additional cores. Maybe I had a less-than-stellar 920 (ok, I did - but still, read on) but this chip is decently cooler at a higher clock on more cores in my experience. Under an H50 with OCZ Freeze at 4.2GHz I load at roughly 62C, peaking at 70C if I let it run overnight in a burn-in test - and that's at 1.25v.

The stock cooler that comes with it is a beast, too - which is a nice surprise. The temps were more than acceptable for stock clocks, and even giving it a slight kick to 3.90GHz and a small voltage bump didn't get unreasonable (holds at 70C after about 20 minutes of burn-in) - though for a folding machine or a 24/7 use you'd probably want to stay stock if you wanted to use the stock cooler.

As far as the review by jeffries7 goes, I'm not sure what hardware mod he is referring to as my chip runs on a 25x multi on my ASUS Rampage II GENE fine without complaint - but I will note that most reports say that this chip has a more stable overclock with a 23x or 21x multi. Your experience may vary.

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Pros: Great folder, 32nm, 6 core/12 threads

Cons: Expensive, can run hot

Upgrading from a i7 920 I didn't notice and difference in games or general use and it runs quite a bit hotter than the standard i7s.
None of these drawbacks matter because the sole purpose of this CPU is folding power. My CPU PPD went up from 12,000 to ~35,000. These sort of results are extremely close to that of the flagship Intel Extreme processors but costing a little over half the price.

I'm sure that with some lovely water cooling you could get the load temps below 60c and the clock speed up to 4.5GHz. My little H70 can only just cope with 4.2GHz.
If you want future proofing this is your chip as not GPUs for quite a few years will be bottle necked by this chip.

It gets a 4.5 because there is a issue with the multi that doesn't allow 25x without a hardware mod other than that I can find no faults with this chip.
Intel Core i7-970 Processor 3.20 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366
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Intel Core i7 Processor i7-970 3.20GHz 12MB LGA1366 CPU

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DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandIntel
EAN0735858215350
FeatureThis processor supports Intel Virtualization Technology
Height3.2 inches
Length4.5 inches
Weight1.2 pounds
Width4 inches
LabelIntel
LanguagesEnglish
List Price$732.50
ManufacturerIntel
ModelBX80613I7970
MPNBX80613I7970
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCOMPUTER_PROCESSOR
PublisherIntel
SKU5-54159P
StudioIntel
TitleIntel Core i7-970 Processor 3.20 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366
UPC735858215350
Number Of Items1
WarrantyThree year limited warranty
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