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Intel Core i7 1st Gen

Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz

The Intel Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz has 4 cores that run at a clock speed of 2.9GHz.

It has an L3 cache size of 8MB, an L2 cache size of 1024KB, and an L1 cache size of 256KB.


Intel Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz

Cores4More cores means more threads and therefore more processes can be run simultaneously
Speed2.93GHzClock frequency indicates processor speed, but is only reliable in comparisons between CPUs of the same family
CodenameLynnfieldThe code name given by the manufacturers
Release Date08 Sep 2009 The more recent the release, the more likely the CPU will receive up-to-date manufacturer support
TDP95WThe lower the TDP, the less power the CPU requires to run and thus the more efficient it is and the less heat it creates
L1 Cache256KBThe bigger the L1 cache, the more data can be stored for lightning CPU access to priority processes (though a bigger cache means a higher latency
L2 Cache1024KBAfter L1 cache, L2 is utilized for slower (but still very fast) data access
L3 Cache8MBThe L3 cache is the largest CPU cache, but still provides very quick access to data
Lithography45nmThe smaller the lithographic technology used, the less power is required to run the CPU, and the less heat is created during intense use
CPU SocketLGA 1156/Socket HThe motherboard socket and CPU socket should match to indicate the CPU is compatible with the motherboard and will fit into it
Unlocked MultipliernoAn unlocked clock multiplier means you can adjust the multiplier for an overclocking speed boost

Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz compatibility review

Overall, the Intel Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz has exceptional performance. Its 4 cores clocked at 2.93 GHz provide swift processing speeds and allow multiple processes to be run simultaneously.

The CPU is now over 11 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This processor will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Intel.

Created with lithographic technology sized at 45 nanometers, the Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz is not efficient at all by modern standards, and with a Thermal Design Power of 95W the amount of power necessary to run it does not make up for the inefficiency of its physical structure.

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Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz Predicted Frames per second

Game name Frames per second
Grand Theft Auto V 38
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 120
Grand Theft Auto IV 47
Battlefield 3 60
Battlefield 4 53
Far Cry 3 47
Watch Dogs 46
Crysis 3 45
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Mafia 2 48
Batman: Arkham Origins 57
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