Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition processor is hands down the most powerful desktop processor ever benchmarked here at Legit Reviews. This was made crystal clear when the Intel Core i7-975 processor was able to beat out the Intel Skulltrail platform running a pair of Intel QX9775 processors. This is the very first time a quad-core processor with Hyper-Threading was able to knock down the 2P server/enthusiast platform running a pair of true quad-core processors. This is impressive considering just one Intel QX9775 processor runs $1555 shipped at Newegg! That means the $1,039 Core i7 975 Extreme edition just beat a system using $3110 worth of processors!  This is very significant and it’s no wonder Intel recently announced that the QX9775 was being discontinued. The Core i7-975 loves applications that require four or more processing threads as these quad-core HypterThreaded Nehalem cores really start to shine then.

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor

If the performance at stock settings didn’t blow you away, then keep in mind that this Core i7-975 is also an Extreme Edition part.  This means that it is fully unlocked, giving you a license to crank up the multiplier and to adjust the base clock frequency to your liking. We were able to overclock the Core i7-975 by nearly 1.1GHz without even touching the voltages! The Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition D0 stepping processor is a monster! All this performance does come with a price, though, as the 150W TDP is higher than most processors on the market and the system will use significantly more power. That being said, you don’t purchase a super car for fuel economy and the Extreme Edition of processors is much the same.

Quad-Core CPU Name

Cores

Clock

Cache

QPI/FSB

TDP

Pricing

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme
4

3.33GHz

8MB

3200MHz

150W

Intel Core i7-965 Extreme
4

3.20GHz

8MB

3200MHz

150W

Intel Core i7-950
4

3.06GHz

8MB

2400MHz

130W

Intel Core i7-940
4

2.93GHz

8MB

2400MHz

130W

Intel Core i7-920
4

2.66GHz

8MB

2400MHz

130W

Pricing on the Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition right now is $1039.99, but hey, they give you free shipping.  This price is hard to swallow during a deep recession, but while some are struggling to get by others are doing well. If you can afford an Intel Core i7-975 processor and like what you see then by all means get one.  It might just be the Spurfect (give credit to Perez Hilton) processor! 

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Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor is the fastest desktop processor to ever grace our test bench!

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