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Intel Core i7-870 Processor 2.93 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156

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  • Maximize speed for demanding applications with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, which accelerates processor clock speed up to 20-Percent to match your workload
  • Multitask up to 28-Percent faster, so you can do more things at once
  • Enjoy incredibly fast computing with fewer frustrating lags
  • Unleash an amazing digital media experience with up to 37-Percent faster conversion of video, 15-Percent faster photo editing

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 17.8 x 20.3 cm ; 386 g
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Item model number: BX80605I7870
  • ASIN: B002KQ5KEI
  • Date first available at Oct. 17 2009
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,994 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Core i7 - 870 - 2.93 GHz - Socket 1156 - L3 cache - 8 MB

From the Manufacturer

The Intel Core i7-870 processor combines the power of four 2.93 GHz computing cores into a single processor, guaranteeing enough processing power for the most demanding applications. With 8 MB of smart cache, the Core i7-870 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 i7-870 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.

Intel Core i7-870 Processor features:
  • Four 2.93 GHz cores for better multitasking and multithreaded performance.
  • 8 MB of smart cache.
  • Integrated memory controller delivers higher memory bandwidth.
  • Turbo Boost Technology allows for extra processing speed.

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

The Intel Core i7-870 processor delivers outstanding performance for demanding tasks. View larger.
Powerful New Microarchitecture Eliminates Slowdown
With the Intel Core i7-870 processor, Intel engineers have introduced a radical new style of architecture. They replaced the front side bus -- a longtime staple of processor design -- with a new interconnect technology called Direct Media Interface (DMI). Using DMI, the Core i7-870 processor achieves superior 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 slowdown.

New Technologies Boost Performance
The Intel Core i7-870 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 i7-870 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 are taking advantage of multi-threaded programming, allowing for more realistic graphics, physics, and artificial intelligence (AI). But you'll 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 i7-870 processor was 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 i7-870 processor is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

Intel Core i7-800 and Core i5-700 Processor Series
Core i7-870 Processor Core i7-860 Processor Core i5-750 Processor
Processor Frequency 2.93 GHz 2.80 GHz 2.66 GHz
Intel Smart Cache 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB
Intel Turbo Boost Technology Single-core performance up to 3.6 GHz Single-core performance up to 3.46 GHz Single-core performance up to 3.2 GHz
Number of Simultaneous Threads 8 (With Intel HT Technology) 8 (With Intel HT Technology) 4
Processor Integrated Memory Controller Yes Yes Yes
Number of Memory Channels 2 (DDR3 1333 MHz) 2 (DDR3 1333 MHz) 2 (DDR3 1333 MHz)
Intel P55 Chipset Motherboards DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB
Socket LGA1156 LGA1156 LGA1156

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HASH(0xa001d3cc) out of 5 stars What a difference from my Core 2 Duo! Aug. 11 2010
By Juniorverse1 - Published on
I recently upgraded from a Core 2 Duo and Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard with 6GB of RAM to this CPU (the i7 870) and the EVGA P55 SLI Mainboard 132-LF-E655-KR motherboard with 8GB of RAM. While its difficult to assess how much of the improvements can be attributed to the CPU alone without taking all of the other components into account, I can tell you that everything is so much faster now, especially when working with large spreadsheets, videos, and other CPU-intensive programs that I use on a regular basis.

If you are looking for an inexpensive yet effective CPU and board cooler that is compatible with this CPU as well as most other popular ones, may I suggest the Cooler Master GeminII S Copper Base Aluminum Fins 5 Heatpipes CPU Cooler? I didn't want to use the stock CPU fan that comes with this chip, and the prices of some of the other coolers were killing me. The Cooler Master GeminII S was a great price and works very well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa001d7d4) out of 5 stars Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz 8 MB LGA1156 Processor delivers Jan. 15 2011
By The Benevolent Reviewer - Published on
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A fine choice for an 1156 board! Just make sure you know what RAM it supports by going to all RAM vendors and plug in the brand and model board you have. I use Corsair often only because I give my processors just a slight overclock without going into dangerous territory. My Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz Processor is clocked to 3.2 GHz and it's rock stable. My other PC has a 2.8 GHz Quad core (no longer available) and it's overclocked to 2.93 Ghz. Go figure. Anyway, knowledge is power. You're free to investigate on your own. It's quite foolish nowadays to think you're saving money by only buying two 1 gigabyte RAM modules. Your processor is not being utilized to its potential with a choice like that.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa001dc00) out of 5 stars Upgrade for my system at work June 24 2013
By Jay A. - Published on
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Purchased from a seller offering the i7-870 with Intel stock cooler in OEM packaging. I prefer it that way because it's a little less expensive and I don't really need the pretty box and little booklet with the Intel sticker, anyway. But, if you like that sort of thing, go for it. As soon as it arrived, I popped it in and mounted the cooler (with appropriate precautions, of course), Powered it on and it works like a charm as expected. Upgraded from an i5-750 and I definitely see the improvement. Everything runs faster, multitasking is quicker, basically just doing what it's supposed to do and quite well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa001dc18) out of 5 stars Phenomenal bang for the buck, exceeded all performance expectations. May 26 2015
By D.M. - Published on
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Shipping from Asia took a month, but did indeed exceed all expectations on arrival. Ten minutes of careful installation, and a near doubling of performance over the i5-750 it replaced (higher clock, more cache, hyperthreaded cores, etc.). CPU-ID confirms it's genuine. You just can't get a more cost-effective performance bump for a Socket 1156 board running an i5.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa001dc3c) out of 5 stars 2 years later, still kicking. March 6 2013
By Aaron Demner - Published on
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I bought this 2 years ago for a monster PC I was building. 2 years later the PC can still run almost every new game at max settings, partly in debt to this.

Highly recommended part.

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