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Analysis--Core i7 16% Faster Than Core 2

UPDATE: Core i7: Blazing Fast, O/C Changes
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Clocked at 3.20 GHz, the Core i7 Extreme is currently Intel’s fastest processor: in our benchmark suite, this new performance heavyweight is an incredible 65% faster on average than AMD’s flagship model. It also pulls ahead of its own predecessor, the Core 2 Extreme QX9770, by 16%.

Analysis: Core i7 965 Extreme vs. Phenom X4 9950 BE vs. Core 2 Extreme QX9770

Intel Core i7 965 Extreme (3.20 GHz)
Benchmark Phenom X4 9950 Black 2.6 GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3.20 GHz
Crysis 33.7% slower 12.1% slower
Unreal Tournament 3 30.9% slower 2.6% slower
World in Conflict 52.8% slower 28.0% slower
Supreme Commander 12.6% slower 3.8% slower
AVG Anti-Virus 8 34.3% slower 14.5% slower
Winrar 3.80 47.3% slower 35.5% slower
Winzip 11 34.2% slower 2.9% faster
Acrobat 9 Professional 36% slower 1.0% faster
Photoshop CS 3 31.6% slower 1.1% faster
iTunes 35.1% slower 4.7% slower
Lame MP3 37% slower 5% slower
Studio 12 22.1% slower 11.4% slower
DivX 48% slower 34.8% slower
XviD 41.3% slower 16.5% slower
MainConcept H.264 45.9% slower 32% slower
Premiere Pro CS3 HDTV 49.7% slower 26% slower
Cinema 4D Release 10 41.9% slower 21.1% slower
3D Studio Max 9 44.7% slower 23.5% slower
Fritz 11 47.8% slower 22.9% slower
Nero 8 Recode 56.3% slower 24.5% slower
Overall: 39.2% slower 15.7% slower

Analysis: Core i7 965 Extreme vs. Core i7 940 vs. Core i7 920)

The Core i7 965 Extreme is clocked at 3.20 GHz. Running 266 MHz less, the Core i7 940 is around 8% slower, while the 2.66 GHz Core i7 920, performs about 16% slower than the Core i7 flagship on average across our benchmark suite.

Intel Core i7 965 Extreme (3.20 GHz)
Benchmark Core i7 940 2.93 GHz Core i7 920 2.66 GHz
Crysis 7.4% slower 13.4% slower
Unreal Tournament 3 4.9% slower 11.4% slower
World in Conflict 10.1% slower 21.1% slower
Supreme Commander 4.0% slower 7.5% slower
AVG Anti-Virus 8 7.8% slower 16.5% slower
Winrar 3.80 11.5% slower 18.8% slower
Winzip 11 9.4% slower 17.2% slower
Acrobat 9 Professional 7.5% slower 16.2% slower
Photoshop CS 3 7.9% slower 16.2% slower
iTunes 7.6% slower 17.6% slower
Lame MP3 8.1% slower 16.8% slower
Studio 12 5.2% slower 10.7% slower
DivX 10.9% slower 19.2% slower
XviD 9.5% slower 17.8% slower
MainConcept H.264 8.6% slower 16.7% slower
Premiere Pro CS3 HDTV 7.8% slower 16.1% slower
Cinema 4D Release 10 9.5% slower 17.3% slower
3D Studio Max 9 7.1% slower 16.1% slower
Fritz 11 8.6% slower 17.5% slower
Nero 8 Recode 9% slower 16.6% slower
Overall: 8.1% slower 16% slower

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