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Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail BX80601930

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  • Process Type: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930
  • Frequency: 2.80 GHz
  • Bus Speed: 4.8 GT/s
  • Cache: 8 MB
  • Process: 45 nm
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  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model Number: BX80601930
  • Processor Count: 4
  • Computer CPU Speed: 2.8 GHz
  • Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
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Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

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The Intel Core i7-930 processor combines the power of four 2.80 GHz computing cores into a single processor, guaranteeing enough processing power for the most demanding applications. With 8 MB of smart cache, the Core i7-930 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 i7-930 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.

Intel Core i7-930 Processor features:
  • Four 2.80 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 i7-930 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 i7-930 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 i7-930 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 i7-930 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 i7-930 processor is backed by a three-year limited warranty.


Intel Core i7-900 Processor Series
Intel Core i7-960 Processor Intel Core i7-950 Processor Intel Core i7-930 Processor Intel Core i7-920 Processor
Processor Frequency 3.20 GHz 3.06 GHz 2.80 GHz 2.66 GHz
Intel Smart Cache 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB
Intel Turbo Boost Technology Single-core performance up to 3.46 GHz Single-core performance up to 3.33 GHz Single-core performance up to 3.06 GHz Single-core performance up to 2.93 GHz
Number of Simultaneous Threads 8 (With Intel HT Technology) 8 (With Intel HT Technology) 8 (With Intel HT Technology) 8 (With Intel HT Technology)
Integrated Memory Controller Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of Memory Channels 3 (DDR3 1066 MHz) 3 (DDR3 1066 MHz) 3 (DDR3 1066 MHz) 3 (DDR3 1066 MHz)
Intel X58 Chipset Motherboard DX58SO DX58SO DX58SO DX58SO
Socket LGA1366 LGA1366 LGA1366 LGA1366


Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.8 x 8.3 x 19.4 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
ASIN B0038JE9MU
Item model number BX80601930
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4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #626 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > CPU Processors
Date first available at Amazon.com February 28, 2010

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Processors are pretty much a commodity, what really matters is how much you get for you money. In the i7 line this model currently is in a good spot. Going down one step to a 920 only save $10-20 but going up to a 940 will set you back $250. You can spend $1000 for a top of the line Intel i7 and only see a slight improvement in most Windows applications. The high-end processors are really targeted for servers and not desktops anyway. You can save about $100 and step down to a i5 but you will lose quite a bit of performance. Prices can change from week to week, so be sure and check to see if these numbers are still valid.

The primary difference between the i7 and other processors like the i5, or AMD processors for that matter, is how memory is accessed. The i7 uses triple-channel memory that is accessed directly instead of via external support chips which speeds things up a lot.

Be aware that the latest Intel chips use the LGA1366 socket and the i5 uses LGA1156, so you have a much better upgrade path with the i7 later on. If you build a i7 computer, make sure you chip and motherboard have the same socket!

With any of these processors you really should get a 3rd party heatsink; it will keep you processor cooler making for a more stable and longer living system.
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With a decent motherboard, this CPU will run comfortably at 3.8GHz with an air cooler, and at 4.2GHz with better cooling. And it will be rock-solid! It eats through my games and converts or encodes audio and video faster than any CPU I have owned so far. I hear it is being phased out like the i7-920 before it, and will be replaced in this price spot by the i7-950. Although buying the LGA1366 platform is expensive, this is what you purchase if you want the best desktop platform available today.
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I built an Adobe CS5 System for one of my customer with limited budget, and the I7-930 did the job.

It is much much smoother than the I7-920 and as good as any of its brother I7-940, and any others later. What I meant is that it's a few hundreds dollars less than the I7-940, and it can do the same job. It's extremely fast with ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 mobo with triple memory channels and with Window 7 64 bits operation system.

The HD Video display is as good as any blue-ray DVD you displayed on your TV with any current video card over $150.00; much of the credit goes to the CPU and it's triple memory channels. I means nothing can't go wrong with Radeon HD 5770 or above.

The fan comes with the I7-930 is so quiet. I can't even tell whether my board is posted.

Unless you have extra dollars to throw away, I would recommend the I7-930 would be perfect to fit your budget and do the extreme jobs you want it to do.
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This was my third of 4th build, but I have not done one for many years and things have changed. I was most concerned about installing the processor incorrectly and damaging either it or the MOBO. However, installation was a cinch and the processor does not disappoint. It is just as fast as can be! This build was replacing a computer that was running on a Xeon processor that is not too old, a tall order, but it is faster than the Xeon, at least the one I had in the older computer. Highly recommend.
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The i7-930 was purchased for my desktop system. I'm running ubuntu 10-04 with 12gb memory on two monitors. The CPU runs lighting fast with no problems. Re-touching photographs and running other applications make this CPU a complete joy. The price is reasonable for all the benefits you receive.
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I had a wonderful experience with the seller, but not the device. The seller was great. This i7 processor I don't like and am returning it. Note that it is an LGA 1366. Try finding an LGA 1366 motherboard. They are all very expensive, and look at the reviews of the MOBO's. They all have issues unless you buy the very expensive ones. For that price, buy the new LGA 1151 processor and motherboard and you will have newer and faster and more reliable technology.
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i know this processor is a bit pricey, but well worth it. just a warning, it's not like most other ones for instillation. it mounts down using a piece of plastic that is placed on the back side of the mother board. anyhoo, it runs great. the fan on it is super quiet, i dont even hear it. and it keeps everything a lot cooler than any others i've had before it.
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Here are my current settings for this chip

intel core i7-930
CPU speed 3.8 ghz
bclock: 190mhz
CPU multiplier: 20
turbo: enabled
ht: enabled
vCore 1.15v (a pretty normal value, can go as high as 1.4 pretty safely). I'm still in the process of lowering this and testing for stability.
CPU PPL 1.84v (norm is 1.800 and the safe max is 1.880)

QPI/uncore: 1.35v (1.35 is the safe max)
DRAM: 1.65v (1.65 is the safe max)

IOH core 1.2v (norm is 1.1 safe max is around 1.3 depending on your motherboard)
IOC core 1.0v (norm is 1.1 safe max is around 1.3 depending on motherboard)

Note in overclocking the core i7 the QPI voltage is pretty much the most important value to raise. In fact some motherboards will raise this and the DRAM voltage (it needs to be raised for DDR3-1666) automatically (on my gigabyte x58-udr3 this is known as "extreme memory mode"). You actually don't need to raise vCore that much (I see lots of posts on the internet with people running them ~1.35v). In fact the best way to overclock this processor is to first turn down the multiplier all the way (so the chip is running at like 1.6ghz). Turn up the bClock to 190 or 200 (whatever (make sure you turn down the DRAM multiplier too!) you are going for and find the voltages you need for QPI/uncore, DRAM, IOH and IOC. Once that is stable, then start bumping up the CPU multiplier and the vCore voltage as needed. I did get mine up to 4.4ghz, stable, but decided the fans were too loud at that setting.

With these settings my CPU never gets over 70C (the set point for my motherboard fan control) and the fan is still not too loud. At idle it stays at 54C, but is completely silent (I have the heat-sink fans being controlled by the motherboard).
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