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Intel Core i7-960 Processor 3.20 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366

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The Intel Core i7-960 processor combines the power of four 3.20 GHz computing cores into a single processor, guaranteeing enough processing power for the most demanding applications. With 8 MB of smart cache, the Core i7-960 processor ensures that you get maximum responsiveness from your system, even when several intensive programs run simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7-960 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.

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The Intel Core i7-960 processor combines the power of four 3.20 GHz computing cores into a single processor, guaranteeing enough processing power for the most demanding applications. With 8 MB of smart cache, the Core i7-960 processor ensures that you get maximum responsiveness from your system, even when several intensive programs run simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7-960 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.

Intel Core i7-960 Processor features:
  • Four 3.20 GHz cores for better multitasking and multithreaded performance.
  • 8 MB of smart cache.
  • Integrated memory controller delivers higher memory bandwidth.
  • Quick Path Interconnect provides fast data transfer between the processor and chipset.


With four cores in one processor, users will experience better multitasking and multithreaded performance.


The Intel Core i7-960 processor delivers outstanding performance for demanding tasks. View larger.
Powerful New Microarchitecture Eliminates Slowdown
The i7 family is Intel's flagship processor, and for good reason. With the i7 family, Intel engineers invented a revolutionary new style of microarchitecture. They replaced the front side bus--a longtime staple of processor design--with a new technology called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Using QPI, the Intel Core i7-960 processor achieves unprecedented levels of bandwidth, and can use its four computing cores to their maximum potential.

To put it simply, users will enjoy faster and more streamlined processing than ever before. Your computer will handle multiple projects and applications without the slowdown you'd experience with a lesser processor.

Extremely intensive programs like high-definition media editors will run more smoothly and responsively. And you'll be able to experience next-generation games without frame-rate hiccups and slowdowns.

New Technologies Boost Performance
The Intel Core i7-960 processor also makes use of several other cutting-edge technologies:

  • Turbo Boost Technology allows the processor to run up to 133 MHz faster when it's operating below power/thermal limits.
  • Hyper-threading Technology enables more efficient use of processor resources, making the most of highly threaded software like media players and next-generation games.
  • Smart Cache Memory increases available RAM resources, leading to less lag while multi-tasking.
Media Editing and Sharing Easier than Ever
Whether editing high-definition videos, touching up family photos, or splicing up music, the Intel Core i7-960 processor provides the processing power needed. The processor's four cores are optimized to keep up with the most advanced digital editing software. It also accelerates DVD encoding and compression, allowing you to easily share your HD home videos with everyone.


Unparalleled Gaming Performance
With the advent of next-generation games, PC gaming is more immersive than ever. The latest games take advantage of multi-threaded programming, allowing for more realistic graphics, physics, and artificial intelligence (AI). But you need more than just a good graphics card with high GPU output to fully experience all these effects. Underlying the visual realism and advanced AI scripts are thousands of high-speed calculations that your CPU must process.

Fortunately, the Intel Core i7-960 processor is specifically designed to handle these calculations. Using multi-thread architecture, it has the ability to process thousands of graphical characteristics at once, resulting in a smooth and lag-free experience. Intel worked closely with CryTek -- the developers of the advanced game engine behind such games as Crysis and Far Cry -- to guarantee that gamers have an immersive and lifelike experience.

The Intel Core i7-960 processor is backed by a three-year limited warranty.


Intel Core i7 Processor Comparison
Intel Core i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-970 Processor Intel Core i7-960 Processor
Number of Processing Cores 6 6 6 4
Number of Simultaneous Threads 12 (With Intel HT Technology) 12 (With Intel HT Technology) 12 (With Intel HT Technology) 8 (With Intel HT Technology)
Clock Speed 3.46 GHz 3.33 GHz 3.20 GHz 3.20 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.73 GHz 3.60 GHz 3.46 GHz 3.46 GHz
Intel Smart Cache 12 MB 12 MB 12 MB 8 MB
Max Memory Size 24 GB 24 GB 24 GB 24 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066 DDR3-1066 DDR3-800/1066 DDR3-800/1066
Number of DDR3 Memory Channels 3 3 3 3
AES New Instructions Yes Yes Yes No


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 7.7 x 7.1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036Z6GH2
  • Item model number: BX80601960
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 28, 2010

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Customer Reviews

I give this chip 5 stars for it's greatness and speed.
Ven
It is inserted into a Gigabyte X58 motherboard and I have had no problems at whatever I though at the CPU.
Richard Raleigh Miller
Overall, I am very happy with the product quality and the timely arrival.
Seth Cpp[er

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Just Gary on April 22, 2010
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I have had my previous P4 for quite a while. I had overclocked it and took it for all it was worth and have been waiting for the right time to buy a new PC. Well, after many years of good use, the P4 forced my hands last week when the southbridge fan gave way and the board stopped functioning. After having to work through a bunch of glitches with it for the last six months, I knew it was time for me to build a new system.

When I get ready to build a new system, I spend tons of hours researching everything. I specifically focus on quality. I know that I am more satisfied with the Intel line than the AMD line (I built both). I spent a lot of time looking at the 800 series, 900 series, and 900 extreme series i7 processors to make sure I know the value of each chip. It will always be a question of quality and speed versus dollars and everyones value point is different.

I had a choice here. I could have gotten an i7 920 (or even the i7 860 with an even cheaper motherboard), some good but cheap memory, add a nice 1.5TB hard drive and have a definite upgrade from what I have now and cost me half as much for my system. I would have been happy with it and love the increase in performance. But one thing I have learned is that if I am willing to spend a little extra, I will be satisfied a lot longer. The price I paid here on Amazon is the same as for the 950, although almost twice as much than the 920. With free shipping, and no sales tax, I really get a better value for this chip here than anywhere else. The speed tests show that the performance of the 960, especially when paired with good memory and an extremely fast hard drive, far outperforms the 920 so that the money difference can be justified.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Levasseur on July 8, 2011
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This is an excellent CPU just as the other reviewers mention. I just want to mention that it DOES come with a fan/heatsink (Intel calls it a "Thermal Solution". They really do!).
Anyway, I could not find any mention of this in the description or review so I thought I would save somebody money. I bought an extra fan and did not need it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ven on June 2, 2011
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A very good affordabe CPU indeed. Most people are stuck on the budget based i7-920..I'm sorry but it's 2011. The i7-960 isn't the newest chip on the market either, but it has 8 logical cores and will compete for the years to come. It ranks as a 7.5 on Windows performance test. I've overclocked it to 4Ghz and it's ranking a 7.7 out of 7.9! If I overclock it a litte more I could probably max it.

The speed is amazing and this chip spreads the work out so well it's usually at 0% in my performance monitor. I've actually never seen it go above 25% honestly lol. It runs all the CPU intensive games smoothly [if you have a good graphics card]. This chip is for X58 boards and can use X.M.P compatible memory and triple channel memory. Of course it can do DIMM memory as well.

This chip can EASILY be overclocked to 4Ghz by rookie overclockers. Anything higher than 4.0Ghz-4.2Ghz can get tricky. 4Ghz with 8 logical cores [4 core+ 4 HT] will be more than enough for the years to come with a good set up. I give this chip 5 stars for it's greatness and speed.

Another thing you might want to know about this chip is that it is a 45nm chip and can take more overclocking heat than Intels newer chips which are 32nm chips, which are more susceptible damage from heat/higher Vcore/CPU voltage values. So this chip is defintely a great buy for long term use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aligotti on July 18, 2011
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I chose this over the 2nd gen i7-2600K because it was cheaper and had great reviews, and the corresponding MoBo's were cheaper and more reliable according to reviews. I'm glad I did, because this processor is more of a speed demon than I expected, and I'm glad I didn't spend another $50 for what I would expect to be marginal improvements. I've never seen the processor go above 30% and that was when I was trying to max this thing out. My MoBo monitoring software reads the processor at 3.4 Ghz out of the box and Windows Experience Index gives it a 7.6.

Very strong processor and you'll save over the newer models on both the processor and corresponding MoBo's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt G. from Mechanicsburg, PA on July 27, 2011
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Installed on asus rampage3 gene oc'd to 4.2 and installed 12gb ram. Multitasks like crazy. No problems at all and running air cooled system. Get the 6 core extreme if you can afford it if your as power hungry as I am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Cardona on July 14, 2011
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I have a Core i7-920 and this beats it all to hell at stock settings. Installed on an EVGA x58 ftw and I'm impressed with the low temps,(with Zalman Cnps 9700 air cooling) stable low CPU volts and performance on OCCT 4.0.0b9,Intel burn test, PC Wizard 2010 3D Mark DX11,3D MKark Vantage, and SiSoft Sandra.
@3.2Ghz stock with Turbo@3.33Ghz theres no need to overclock. With dual EVGA GTX 460 se's Crysis2 detects my system st xtreme with stock settings and Fear3 and all other games are maxed out without a stutter. Get good XMP memory (XMP juices your QPI and QPI/DRAM ratios) and a fast hard drive ---i.e. a WD Velociraptor or a solid state drive to use this baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leadman on June 25, 2011
Have this hooked up to a Asrock board and 3channel memory. This processor destroy's AMD. There realy is no comparisson to put against it that AMD makes.
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