Today we will be embarking on an epic mission provided to us from Intel. The not so discrete package came to us a few weeks ago with the top secret instructions included. This was by far one of the most interesting embargos we have done to date and others will be hard-pressed to compete with this interesting new way of releasing product. Come with us and fallow us through our mission and see what kind of goodies Intel has in store. Also stay tuned we will be releasing contest info sometime today (June 1st 20010) on how you can win your own Intel Mission Bundle:
Provided by: Intel
Intel 875K CPU
Intel DP55SB Motherboard
8GB Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PC3-19200 Memory
So after the unboxing the fun began we built a very impressive build compiled of the following:
Cooler Master HAF X, Kingwin 1000W Modular PSU, For CPU Cooling we went with the Noctua NH-D14, 2x 5570's in Crossfire X, 1TB Western Digital EARS Drive, and a BluRay Burner. I would have liked to put some higher end cards in but they were indisposed at the time of testing. Either way I had a killer media, gaming, and editing platform capable of everything I wanted in a PC. Although we did a lot of playing with the system I only recorded the Bios, OC Settings, and Synthetic Benchmarks for you guys but let me just say this new platform is very snappy under Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition. Also I believe I say the memory is 1.56 it is actually 1.65v (Apparently I am Dyslexic)
Specifications and Features:
The Unlocked CPU:
Take advantage of faster, more intelligent, multi-core technology able to dynamically apply processing power when and where it’s needed most. Get to know the new, unlocked Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor and prepare for an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. Get maximum performance for everything you do, thanks to exclusive Intel® Turbo Boost Technology2 and Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology3. Together, these features maximize performance to match workloads. The result? Less slowdown and more seamless gaming.
Smart Intel-exclusive features aside, the real story with the new Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor is unlocked multipliers. With this groundbreaking new processor, Intel makes it easier than ever for demanding users to change clock speeds directly—without breaking the budget. Easily increase core and memory frequencies independently from the rest of the system and push core and memory clock speeds beyond processor specifications. Interested in added performance? Of course you are. With this processor, blowing past the limits is easier than ever.
The new Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor:
Delivers extra performance when needed with Intel® Turbo Boost
Get flexibility to increase both current and wattage limits. Fuel the new Intel Core i7-875K processor with extra power demanded by higher processor frequencies. Combined with a robust motherboard (like the Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB Extreme Series), high-performance DDR3 memory based on Intel® Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel® XMP), and a rock-solid cooling solution, avid performance enthusiasts can get ultimate overclocking flexibility at mainstream prices.
| Number of Simultaneous Threads with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology3 || 8 |
| Intel® Smart Cache || 8 MB |
| Processor Frequency || 2.93 GHz |
| Intel® Turbo Boost Technology2 Frequency || 3.60 GHz |
| Integrated Memory Controller || Yes |
| Number of DDR3 Memory Channels || 2 |
| Unlocked Core, DDR3, and Power4 || Yes |
| Recommended Intel® Express Chipset || P55 |
| FEATURE || IMPACT |
| Multi-Core Processor Architecture || Experience better multitasking and multi-threaded performance across many application types and workloads. Independent execution cores in one processor package help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance. |
| Overclocking Enabled1 || Pushing performance beyond original specifications is easier than ever—unlocked core multipliers enable easy overclocking of the processor and memory frequencies. |
| Intel® Turbo Boost Technology2 || Get more performance automatically—when you need it the most. Dynamically increases processor frequency when needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits. |
| Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology3 || Highly threaded applications can get more work done faster thanks to massive computational throughput enabled by two processing threads per physical core. |
| Intel® Smart Cache || Ultra-efficient data storage and manipulation helps enable superior system responsiveness. Large last-level cache enables dynamic and efficient allocation of shared cache to all cores to match various application needs. |
| Integrated Memory Controller || Combined with super-efficient prefetching algorithms, this memory controller’s lower latency and higher memory bandwidth deliver amazing performance for data-intensive applications and workloads. |
| Intel® HD Boost || Significantly improves performance with diverse multimedia and compute-intensive applications with inclusion of the full SSE4 instruction set|
The Unlocked Board:
Intel’s first unlocked socket 1156 processor demands a worthy board. Enter the Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB Extreme Series. Multiply options for multi-core game titles using a platform with intense performance and support for the latest Intel unlocked processors. Demanding multitaskers seeking maximum processing power should prepare for an exceptional experience with unprecedented overclocking control.
With support for up to eight threads of raw processing power, dual-channel DDR3 memory, and flexible support for ATI CrossfireX* technology and NVIDIA SLI* technology, the Intel Desktop Board DP55SB Extreme Series brings the best weapons for any application or game. Today’s extreme gaming, digital photography and video editing demand breakthrough technology able to keep pace. With support for the latest unlocked processors, the Intel Desktop Board DP55SB delivers cutting-edge technology, plus superior performance and power efficiency.
The new Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor:
Has processing cores able to work on two tasks simultaneously, thanks
to Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology.
The Intel Desktop Board DP55SB Extreme Series is built around the new Intel® P55 Express Chipset, supporting both overclocked and standard Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel® Core™ i5 processors in the LGA1156 package. A revolutionary two-chip layout enables lower power consumption and more advanced performance tuning2 for smoother, more realistic gaming experiences. Intel® Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel® XMP) provide a performance-packed expansion of the standard DDR3 memory specification, hitting speeds of 16002 MHz or faster.
Why should comfort be limited to your favorite gaming chair? Why not begin with the build? Six SATA ports and one eSATA port offer plenty of choice and flexibility on the bench. Assemble and configure a system quickly with 90-degree rotated SATA ports and easy-to-locate, aligned front-panel headers situated at the board edge. Connect peripherals and thousands of wireless devices with less clutter thanks to an integrated Bluetooth* module.
Choose manual or automatic tuning controls with an Intel-designed BIOS2—clock value presets enable quick adjustments while simple manual controls offer simple hands-on adjustments. Legendary Intel quality and reliability standards mean that hardware stability is built right in. Six-phase voltage regulators with sturdy thermal solutions and CHiL* Advanced Digital Voltage Regulator Control deliver high-speed phase control for lower, efficient, and more balanced temperatures. An onboard post code decoder LED cycles through codes for quick diagnosis and system analysis at boot. A third-generation watchdog timer supports quicker crash recovery by restoring previous safe values. And should the watchdog timer fail, an easy-to-access Back-to-BIOS switch directs the system into maintenance mode without having to open the system chassis.
The Unlocked Life:
Overclocking has a long and storied history. Never satisfied with the status quo. Always pushing against limits and constraints. The overclocker mantra is to get more. More performance, higher benchmarks, ever-more-insane solutions. The overclocker community is creative, tight-knit, long-lived and always committed to black and white results. But you know this.
The new, unlocked Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor is our response. Combine it with the Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB Extreme Series and tweak it. See what it can do. Choose your ideal cooling method. Let your creativity run free. Your performance demands are a big part of what inspires us.
The new Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor:
Uses unlocked multipliers to easily increase processor core and
We promise to keep pushing the limits, and—together with our ecosystem of world-leading technology providers—push the boundaries of innovation to exciting and incredible new places. We’ll never stop seeking the next leap ahead—in technology, education, culture, manufacturing, and social responsibility. And we'll never stop striving to deliver solutions with greater benefits for everyone. The new, unlocked Intel® Core™ i7-875K processor represents this commitment. We hope you enjoy it.
Patriot Viper II:
|S P E C I F I C A T I O N S || |
| SPEED || MEMORY TIMINGS || VOLTAGE SETTINGS |
| PC3-19200 (2400MHz) || 9-11-9-27 || 1.65V || |
| O R D E R I N G I N F O |
| PATRIOT PART # || DESCRIPTION |
| PVV34G2400C9K || Viper II Series, Sector 5 Edition DDR3 4GB 2400MHz Enhanced Latency Kit |
Although there isn't much to conclude because this was more of an experience rather than a review, the people at Intel have a winner. Even though I bottle necked just a little because of the Memory I was still able to achieve a 4 Ghz OC which is nothing to scoff at. I was also playing with the multipliers a bit more after the video and got the OC up to 4.6 pretty stable but I was only able to do this by tweaking the turbo multipliers the memory did not like going past 1600 FSB.
Geek speak aside this new setup from Intel is killer and I am sure you will love the experience for yourself. I am a big fan of the new P55 chipset and 1156 CPU's and the new 875k and DP55SB are no exception. If you are looking for an impressive media and gaming expirience and can't quite justify going to the 1366 platform then I strongly suggest getting yourself the new 875k and P55 Board.
Pros: (the mission as a whole)
- So much more interesting than typical unboxings
- Great products all around
- Impressive Overclock
- Love the case (will be using it for my on-site filming)
- Snappy response
- Great for Gaming
- Great for Media
- Patriot memory was a little finicky compared to the Crucial ram I normally use for OC
Intel if you are listening: this was a lot of fun and we would love to see more reviews like this!
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