Intel Core i7 965 Processor Extreme Edition BX80601965 – 3.20GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 6.4GT/s QPI, Hyper Threading, Quad-Core, Bloomfield, LGA 1366, Unlocked Multiplier

Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition Processors

There is lots of talk about the brand new Intel Core i7 Processors so I thought I would do a review on one of them. I chose the fastest of the lot, that being the Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition Processor BX80601965. This processor is extremely fast but extremely expensive and this review will weigh up whether it is worth the cost or not.


Performance and Comparison

The Intel i7 965 Extreme Edition Processor BX80601965 is arguable the best CPU available on the market at the present time. It is said to improve performance by up to 40%.

However this performance does depend on what you want to do with them. Gaming performance is similar and sometimes slightly under that of Core 2 with a single video card. Adding more than one brings out the beast. Where Core i7 is most powerful is in applications which are highly multithreaded, ie. they can use more “cores” efficiently. DivX video encoding on the slowest Core i7 920 will be ~70% faster than a Core 2 Quad Q6600 while having only a 266MHz faster clock speed and with 2/3 the cache. i7 performance comparison

Check out the Benchmarking test here!

Core i7 has a new implementation of Hyperthreading which means it has 4 physical cores and 8 logical “cores”. Being able to run 8 threads is only good if the software can do it though, and games can generally not use more than 2 threads efficiently, except for a few games like those which use the Unreal 3 engine.

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  • Quad Core
  • Enhanced Intel Speedstep® Technology
  • Hyper-Threading Technology 1
  • Intel® EM64T 2
  • Intel® Virtualization Technology
  • Enhanced Halt State (C1E)
  • Execute Disable Bit 3
  • Intel® Thermal Monitor 2


  • sSpec Number: SLBCJ
  • CPU Speed: 3.20 GHz
  • PCG: 08
  • Bus Speed: 6.4 GT/s
  • Bus/Core Ratio: 24
  • L3 Cache Size: 8 MB
  • L3 Cache Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • Package Type: LGA1366
  • Manufacturing Technology: 45 nm
  • Core Stepping: C0
  • CPUID String: 106A4h
  • Thermal Design Power: 130W
  • VID Voltage Range: .80V-1.375V


References: Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition I7-965 from the Intel Site


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I know what your asking at the moment. So should I buy it? It sounds absolutly great but is it worth the money? The major problem with the Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition Processor BX80601965 or the Intel i7 CPUs as a whole is that you need to upgrade your whole computer not just your CPU.


The Core i7 will require a new (and right now, expensive) motherboard and new RAM as it uses overpriced DDR3, not DDR2. So instead of just paying for the CPU you need to pay for the motherboard and the new DDR3 RAM. So this whole process and thus the whole upgrade becomes much more expensive then originally thought.


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However, if money is not a problem and performance and quality is number one for you then don’t hesitate but get this new: Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition Processor. Your computer’s performance will be incredible and for myself I can’t wait to the prices drop so that I can get my hands onto one of them!


Video Editing programs will also benefit from these new cores so I think if you have the funds the i7 is the way to go. So if you make money through video editing and time is an issue, then this would be the way to go.


Still have questions or comments on this latest CPU? Go to my new forum and post it there. There is already some interesting information on the i7 CPUs.



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