Intel Core i7 870 & Core i5 750 - Test Setup

By Edward Chester



Though Intel is launching three CPUs today, it only provided us with two for testing: Core i7 870 and Core i5 750. We will assess the piggy in the middle, the Core i7 860 in the near future.

Our testing consists of mostly real world benchmarks including games, photo editing, mp3 encoding, and video transcoding along with a few canned benchmarks in the form of PCMark Vantage and the 3D rendering tests Cinebench and POVray.

CPUs Tested

  • Intel Core i7 870

  • Intel Core i5 750

  • Intel Core i7 965

  • Intel Core i7 920

  • Intel Core 2 QX9770

  • Intel Core 2 Q9550

  • AMD Phenom II 965 BE

Test Setup

Common System Components

Core i7 870 and Core i5 750 (Lynnfield) Test System

  • Intel DP55KG Motherboard

Core i7 900 (Bloomfield) Test System

  • Intel DX58SO SmackOver Motherboard

Core 2 test Sytem

  • Asus P5E3 Motherboard

AMD Phenom Test System


September 8, 2009, 5:40 pm

Am I the only one missing part of Page 11?


September 8, 2009, 5:44 pm

To bad you all didn't test GTA IV or ArmA 2 for the games, as these use more of the CPU than any other game for the time being. But nevertheless, great review, definitely will have to keep my eye out for these CPU's.


September 8, 2009, 5:54 pm

@Ohmz: Right your are. Fixed.

Doug Ellison

September 8, 2009, 9:40 pm

You can barely tell the colours apart on the Cinebench graph. There are more colours than just blue and green you know.

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