I just got my internet on.. 9 megabit down/1 up connection now..
Anyway, I got my lga-1156 stuff last week, and I am suprised. I love every bit of it.
. Please If you want anything to be benchmarked, then tell me. I'll gladly do it. I don't do benchmarks very often, as they honestly mean nothing, not everybody has the same memory, motherboard, overclock, and other factors.
Here is the test setup
CPU: Core i7 860
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600MHz CAS9 (Don't give me hell about CAS9, please)
GPU: Sapphire HD 4770
Mobo: EVGA P55 FTW
CPU-HSF: ThermalTake V1 with OCZ Freeze
Lets start off with the CPU..
I recieved a SLBJJ S-SPEC (B1), with a VID of 1.18, and FPO/Batch# is L927B308.
Right off the bat, I could tell I was going to be in love with this CPU.. Look at how nice she looks!
Anyway, put her in, and installed windows.. Once booted, i checked the CPU temp. 25c TCase.... 29-31c on the cores.. wow! Load, it goes about 55c...!!!
What REALLY surprised me was i took off the heatsink while it was idle... what the **** 46c? LOLWUT. Hmm, wow she runs cool even without a cooler lol! Load? did not test - do not want to lol.
I'm sure you all want to hear about how she overclocks..
I set the BCLK to 191, multi to 21 (Hopefully with the coming BIOSes you can use the turbo multis like the i7 920) CPU VCORE to 1.44 boot, and 1.42 final (after memory sizing), VTT (QPI/DRAM) to 1.425 boot, and 1.35 final.. PCH to 1.4 or so, and a few other settings. HT was on.
At first thought, i didn't think it POSTed, as it shut off, then it turned back on... went off.. (didn't look like it posted) and then came back on. looked in the BIOS.. Still said 2.8 GHz (stock). Got me real confused, but then i decided to boot. I opened CPU-Z and E-Leet (both use the CPUID SDK actually) and they both said 4GHz. I guess that was the memory sizing, and the CPU clock is set when it starts to boot.
So i started prime95 for a few hours and came back (about 11 hours into it) and it was still fine, and was loading @ about 80c. I do have a early screenshot of it.
I was very happy i could achieve a 1,200 MHz overclock (1.2 GHz) on my first try. I don't even have any references.
From what i know, the CPU Likes when you add:
-NB strap (i think its called that..) to be high
-stable RAM (I mean really solid, wont do anything when its over 1633 MHz, but will under that.)
How it compares to the 920
Honestly, the way i see it, the 860 is a Q9650 and the 920 QX9650. The 860 is like a 920, but with dual channel instead of tripple, and now has a PCI-E controller onboard. The 920 on the other hand, is marginally faster because it has tripple channel, and the QPI speeds can reach up to 7.2 GT/s (7200 MT/s) at a QPI link speed of 3600.. compared to the i7 860 which seems to operate at 4,8 GT/s or 4.27 GT/s according to the motherboard, or if CPU-Z is correct, 6.1 GT/s. Both are overclocked to 4GHz. Essentially, the link between the CPU and the northbridge (QPI) runs faster.. This means more bandwidth on the 920.
Basically, the i7 920 has more bandwidth than the 860, but really does not mean much from the way I see, they both preform almost equally.
If you want to see the build log with the motherboard, 4770, ultra 750w psu, and other hardware used reviewed, head over to my thread
Video if you want to watch it instead\\as well
YouTube - LGA-1156 i7 860 build