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Maverickman
12-20-10, 10:46 PM
I know how much overclockers love this CPU, and if you can get it over 3.5GHz it's great. However, at normal speeds it's a DUD. I don't know why Intel clocked it sooooo slowwwwww. On my secondary system it really slows down my GTX 570. I wish I could overclock it, but the BIOS prevents overclocking. The HP system came with the 920. I guess I'll just have to upgrade to a 960. The 920 doesn't deserve to be a Core i7. Maybe a Core i5.

mcolbourn
12-21-10, 06:45 AM
It does deserve to be called an i7 ok at stock it may not be the fastest clock speed but its still one hell of a CPU to encode with with its tri-channel memory bandwidth. I also can't understand it being a huge bottleneck for the 570 at all ok you make get a few more fps out if it was overclockable but it also depends on what res you are running at.

Maverick123w
12-21-10, 10:33 AM
I know how much overclockers love this CPU, and if you can get it over 3.5GHz it's great. However, at normal speeds it's a DUD. I don't know why Intel clocked it sooooo slowwwwww. On my secondary system it really slows down my GTX 570. I wish I could overclock it, but the BIOS prevents overclocking. The HP system came with the 920. I guess I'll just have to upgrade to a 960. The 920 doesn't deserve to be a Core i7. Maybe a Core i5.

It probably has a lot more to do with the fact that it's a crappy hp desktop. Did you do a clean format after you bought it? Those big box pc's are unusable until you wipe them IMO

Ninjaman09
12-21-10, 10:55 AM
Um, mine's been running overclocked at 3.4 GHz for over 18 months now...maybe you should invest in a decent motherboard?

JasonPC
12-21-10, 12:38 PM
Or maybe that Seagate HDD is a clunker :P It should not be holding back a single 570, even at 2.66 ghz

Maverickman
12-21-10, 01:20 PM
I think I'm going to wait for Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs and then put the GTX 570 in a new system. I'll definitely get a system I can overclock.

Redeemed
12-21-10, 01:20 PM
Stock 920 and no clue what you're talking about. Have yet to find a game where it is under powered, or a task it can't perform rediculously fast.

It's not the CPU that' the problem, it's the HP. :lol:

Roadhog
12-21-10, 01:32 PM
you must have something wrong because with an i7 I NEVER think I need a cpu upgrade. It's always everything else that needs upgraded.

Redeemed
12-21-10, 01:40 PM
you must have something wrong because with an i7 I NEVER think I need a cpu upgrade. It's always everything else that needs upgraded.

Honestly, this sums up my experience as well. I'm planning on keeping this CPU till it just don't work no more. :lol: Next planned over haul is gonna' be some larger SSDs likely in RAID 0 and a new GPU. 28nm one from either nVidia or ATi. More RAM, but definitely keeping this proc and mobo. So blazing fast. And it's stock! :lol: When it starts feeling slow I'll just OC it and rock it for a while longer. :lol:

Maverickman
12-22-10, 12:00 AM
I'm going to reinstall Windows 7 and see if that works. I just have to back up my files. I still think the 920 is underpowered. The Core i7 doesn't get going until you hit 3.2GHz or so. The 920 is great for overclockers but that's it.

Redeemed
12-22-10, 12:47 AM
I'm going to reinstall Windows 7 and see if that works. I just have to back up my files. I still think the 920 is underpowered. The Core i7 doesn't get going until you hit 3.2GHz or so. The 920 is great for overclockers but that's it.

:lol:

And you base this claim off of... what? Name one game right now that the 920 is too underpowered @ stock to play. Name one app the 920 is too under powered to run?

I gotta' great idear! Ima' buy me one of them fancy gaming laptops from HP or Dell that has the mobile GTX480 in it, then gripe about how horridly slow and underpowered the 480 is! :wonder:


:lol:

Maverickman
12-23-10, 12:21 AM
The Core i7 is capable of running any game on the market, assuming there is a capable video card in the system. My secondary system runs every game I throw at it. However, my primary system with an overclocked 940 "seems" way faster in Windows and games. The 920 is really popular with overclockers who can reach 3.2Ghz+ speeds with ease. That makes a 920 equivalent to a 960 at ordinary speed.

The 920 is still the slowest member of the Core i family which includes the Core i3, i5 and i7. The only programs it can defeat the Core i3 and i5 CPUs are those that are heavily multi-threaded. Otherwise, it's the slowest of the bunch.

I know it sounds like the 920 is a terrible CPU. It certainly is not. However, it's becoming more and more obsolete every day as Intel picks up the clock speeds and prepares to launch Sandy Bridge. I think I'll wait another year before upgrading my CPU and motherboard. But I'll make sure not to get an introductory CPU again!

Maverickman
12-23-10, 12:25 AM
Perhaps you've noticed that Intel has replaced the 920 with the 930 at 2.8GHz. I know that CPUs are supplanted all the time with faster ones, but that was a fairly quick dumping, even by today's standards.

Roadhog
12-23-10, 01:11 AM
Perhaps you've noticed that Intel has replaced the 920 with the 930 at 2.8GHz. I know that CPUs are supplanted all the time with faster ones, but that was a fairly quick dumping, even by today's standards.


Perhaps you've noticed that Intel has replaced the 930 with the 950 at 3.06GHz. :p

Redeemed
12-23-10, 02:36 AM
You're really gonna' compare the 920 with the likes of the i3 and i5's? :wtf:

musman
12-23-10, 11:01 AM
I have yet to run into any software that my 920 can't deal with easily.

DansFace
12-24-10, 06:02 AM
i used setFSB to overclock my Dell XPS 420 for a couple years... Might work with the hp? :D

a 500 MHZ oc with a windows ap was neat

Maverick123w
12-24-10, 10:34 AM
Well others call Sandy Bridge a highend product here so... :p

Well they will be in the top 90% of the product line. High end to me :D

shteve
12-24-10, 12:07 PM
i7 920 @ 3.8GHz seems quite nippy to me :cool:

Maverickman
12-24-10, 12:41 PM
Overclock the 920 and you're all set. Run it at default speeds and it's slower than the i3 and i5 in programs that are not multi-threaded. This is because of the slow clock speed of the 920.

Roadhog
12-24-10, 01:41 PM
Overclock the 920 and you're all set. Run it at default speeds and it's slower than the i3 and i5 in programs that are not multi-threaded. This is because of the slow clock speed of the 920.

http://i.imgur.com/HU8D6.jpg

musman
12-24-10, 01:52 PM
Overclock the 920 and you're all set. Run it at default speeds and it's slower than the i3 and i5 in programs that are not multi-threaded. This is because of the slow clock speed of the 920.

I'm somewhat of a noob here but, I don't think the clock speed is the only specification that has an effect on the CPU speed. You are the only one I have even seen complain about the 920. I have 130+ games, photoshop, Sony Vegas & other video editing/rendering software and my 920 has been nothing but great for me. Even if I use it at stock speed.

You ether have something else going on or your just blowing hot air.

wheeljack12
12-27-10, 06:14 PM
does this guy know how many users would die for his two systems? DUH? I started my brother with a 920 before the 930's came out and it was fine. If your so hard done by your "slow" 920, then sell your system and buy yourself a i5 if that's what you think of low end i7's.

Maverickman
12-30-10, 11:56 PM
The Core i7 920 has already been killed of by Intel with good reason. It was never really a fast CPU at 2.67 GHz. The Core i7 does not become a seriously fast CPU until it hits about 3.2GHz. Why do you think every enthusiast wants to overclock the 920. It's fun to see how high you can go with any CPU, but it's even more satisfying when the CPU was slow to begin with. With Sandy Bridge around the corner, it's going to be an interesting start to the New Year!

DiscipleDOC
12-31-10, 11:02 AM
I'm in agreement with everyone else here. The 920 is not the problem...it has to be something else in your rig that's holding you back.