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Intel Pentium G6950 CPU Review

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13eightyfour 24th June 2010, 08:08 Quote
Thats one hell of an overclock on air!, shame its potentially held back by the motherboard though.
sb1991 24th June 2010, 08:22 Quote
I'm surprised the chip survived a vcore of 1.55V, I've seen reports of much less killing it.
Pete J 24th June 2010, 08:24 Quote
Good stuff! Looks like Intel have wrestled the budget CPU sector back from AMD.
docodine 24th June 2010, 08:34 Quote
Been waiting for this review for a while, looks great!
rollo 24th June 2010, 09:18 Quote
4.62ghz wow on a £100 chip

Would like to see this compared to the i920 and it's ilk would be intresting to see if the overclock can keep it ahead of a quad core since it destroys the tri core with so little effort
Jack_Pepsi 24th June 2010, 09:23 Quote
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"... man of which proved to be immensely overclockable. "

Missed a Y there.

:D
blood69 24th June 2010, 09:30 Quote
Makes me what to buy the intel CPU and watercool it or put a Prometeia on it to see if can have 5Ghz.
Tom @ CCL 24th June 2010, 09:39 Quote
Just for a bit of volume information, seen *quite* a few of these chips now and yet to see one that doesnt do 4.20GHz after 30 mins of work.

Prefer the i3 530 but the G6950 is my second favourite CPU at the moment. :)
xaser04 24th June 2010, 09:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
4.62ghz wow on a £100 chip

Would like to see this compared to the i920 and it's ilk would be intresting to see if the overclock can keep it ahead of a quad core since it destroys the tri core with so little effort

For reference my Core i7 920 @ 4ghz scores ~ 2,000 on the overall Bit-tech media benchmark. I am held back by my ram but this would only add ~100 or so.

It looks like at 4ghz the i7 920 would be around 25-40% faster (extrapolating a rough 1400 to 1500 score for this G9650 @ 4ghz - depending on which score (base or overclocked )you use as the base).



Given the price, performance and the potential overclock this looks like a very good cpu indeed.
[-Stash-] 24th June 2010, 10:07 Quote
Would have been really nice to see this against stock and overclocked i3-530, i5-750, i7-920s. I know they're all a fair bit more expensive, but it would have been nice to see the comparison. All I can really tell at this point is that the Pentium is quicker than the Athlon when overclocked and cost is similar. When overclocked does this actually represent good value compared to the i series ships?
Jipa 24th June 2010, 10:24 Quote
Woulda liked to see it against Phenom 555BE and why not also some E8600. Both of those hit 4 GHz and are dual core as well...
TWeaK 24th June 2010, 10:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by [-Stash-
]Would have been really nice to see this against stock and overclocked i3-530, i5-750, i7-920s.

This. It seems like a bit of an oversight to miss out at least the i3 530. I mean, you're comparing it to an AMD X3 445 but with a more expensive motherboard, I reckon the i3 530 with the H55M-UD2H would be about the same price as well so why not include it?.
urobulos 24th June 2010, 11:31 Quote
Good review, but I also agree it would have been nice to see a comparison with stock speed i3 530, i5 750 , i7 920 just to know what kind of price/performance ratio we are talking about here. Though a 30 quid cooler on a 70 quid CPU is a bit overkill. You can get an i3 530 for 92-93. I think when you consider that, the comparison is worthwile.

Also, since there is only a 20 quid difference between the G6950 and i3 530 CPUs, one could see which one is the price/performance sweet spot. Does a 25 % decrease in CPU price result in more than 25 % performance hit? Depending on the answer to that you will know which budget Intel CPU one should opt for.
Mankz 24th June 2010, 11:43 Quote
Cant wait to get one :)
Fabou 24th June 2010, 11:44 Quote
Really interesting. Seem like a really proc to me
xaser04 24th June 2010, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by urobulos
Good review, but I also agree it would have been nice to see a comparison with stock speed i3 530, i5 750 , i7 920 just to know what kind of price/performance ratio we are talking about here. Though a 30 quid cooler on a 70 quid CPU is a bit overkill. You can get an i3 530 for 92-93. I think when you consider that, the comparison is worthwile.

Also, since there is only a 20 quid difference between the G6950 and i3 530 CPUs, one could see which one is the price/performance sweet spot. Does a 25 % decrease in CPU price result in more than 25 % performance hit? Depending on the answer to that you will know which budget Intel CPU one should opt for.

I agree although maybe just against the i3 530.
javaman 24th June 2010, 12:53 Quote
Toms have been comparing this to the Phenom II 555 in a series of articles. what every they done overlclocking it tho they cooked their motherboard and didn't get anywhere near that clock in doing it. Pentiums always seem an overclockers dream.
Pete J 24th June 2010, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
4.62ghz wow on a £100 chip
Err, the review says it's £75 - which makes it a damn good budget chip.
DaveMon 24th June 2010, 12:59 Quote
How much of a difference would the hyper threading make on the i3 against the pentium?
And is it worth the £25 extra?
trig 24th June 2010, 13:22 Quote
epic....the original e6300 of the 1156 chips...
pimonserry 24th June 2010, 16:31 Quote


The idle power consumption increased by 65% though..

Still, amazing stuff.
rickysio 24th June 2010, 17:21 Quote
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The idle power consumption increased by 65% though..

Still, amazing stuff.

The frequency increased by 65% as well. Perfectly linear scaling. Under load, power consumption increased by 63%
MorpheusUK 24th June 2010, 19:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by [-Stash-
]Would have been really nice to see this against stock and overclocked i3-530, i5-750, i7-920s. I know they're all a fair bit more expensive, but it would have been nice to see the comparison. All I can really tell at this point is that the Pentium is quicker than the Athlon when overclocked and cost is similar. When overclocked does this actually represent good value compared to the i series ships?

I second this, please do another with the comparrisons, pretty please.
_Metal_Guitar_ 24th June 2010, 21:03 Quote
Can't you just take the benchmarks from other reviews and put them against this one?

I may be missing something, I've had few to many shots tonight all ready.

:¬\
Elton 24th June 2010, 21:22 Quote
4.6...oh my. It's like a Pentium 4 except it actually can calculate things.
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