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Intel Core i7-7820X X-Series Skylake-X 8C/16T CPU Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

The CPU

 

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Intel typically ships engineering samples in little black boxes such as the one above, but retail packaging will differ greatly from this. You will get a fancy box with Core i7 and a big X on it, but you still won't get a heat sink cooler.

 

 

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The top of the CPU is identical to that of the 7900X, all the way to the little inactive RFID tag in the upper right-hand corner of the CPU. The CPU doesn't use solder between the die and internal heat spreader.

 

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The CPU's bottom has many golden pads that fit into the LGA-2066 socket.

 

 

Test Setup

 

 

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We are using MSI's X299 Gaming M7 ACK with two BIOS versions, 1.1 and 1.2. Version 1.2 comes with an updated CPU microcode and perhaps some MSI tuning, and I wanted to show how the BIOS version can affect performance.

 

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CPUz screens show the BIOS version, cache sizes (1MB L2, 11MB L3), frequencies, and even TDP.

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