星期三, 1月 04, 2012
Pre-test of Latest Intel Top-Level 4-Cores CPU i7-2700K
released the new generation framework of Sandy Bridge at early January, 2011;
meanwhile, LGA 1155 is provided for support.
Compared with the
specifications of several platforms in the past, the LGA 1155 is provided with a
lot of modifications in CPU overclocking (OC) at this time.
Firstly, when a
CPU with the external frequency of 100 MHz is overclocking, the other
surrounding clock rates will be increased accordingly, thus the upper limit will
fall around 110 MHz.
Although the new 32nm process is introduced into the
new generation 4 cores CPUs, overclocking can be only achieved by using
The model names of i5-2500K and i7-2600K that are
two kinds of CPUs without lock frequency multiplication have been released for a
long time, which are considered as the representatives of the overclocking
However, the overclocking can be only done by working with the chipset
of overclocking frequency multiplication, i.e., P67 or Z68.
overclocking environment for LGA 1155 is simply declared above, hoping the users
can aware of the hardware for the equipment clearly.
The middle-level CPU
featured by overclocking is Core i5-2500K, while the advanced-level is Core
The main difference between them is that the 2600K is provided with
Hyper-Threading (HT) technology and an 8MB L3 cache, while the 2500K is only
provided 6 MB L3 cache without HT.
This time I pursue Core i7-2700K which
will appear on the market very soon and replace the advanced 2600 K.
total clock rate of 2700K is 3.5 GHz, which supports the new generation Turbo
Boost 2.0 and can reach the maximum performance of 3.9 GHz.
The real 4 Cores
are incorporated into the Hyper-Threading technology, so that eight threading
can be executed, 4C/8T for short.
With the 32 nm process, the power
consumption of 95W and the 8-MB L3 Cache, the 2700K, surpassing the 2600K
100MHz, becomes the most advanced CPU of LGA 1155.
rear side of the 2700K is still D2 Revision, so that there is little difference
in appearance between the 2700K and the 2600K at this part.
is the latest Z68 high-level chipset of LGA 1155, i.e., the latest version
TZ68K+ released by BIOSTAR.
The appearance and the specification are the same
as that of the TZ68A+ shared before and the primary difference is supply voltage
the TZ68K+ is the new edition of BIOSTAR Z68, the price is still about US$99,
thus it can challenge the low-price market of ATX Z68.
By using the
well-marked red-black matching, it has the most specifications as that of the
Z68 series with the built-in Power/Reset button and a simple debugging
respect to IO, there are three types among which the two blue USBs 3.0 can
provide high-speed transmission.
If provided two more USBs 2.0, it would be
more perfect with respect to the scalability.
previous TZ68A+ is designed with four-phase power supply only, while the new
edition TZ68K+ is provided with eight-phase power supply, which is the primary
However, as mentioned before, one-phase power supply can provide
about 30-40 W, so , the four-phase power supply is already quite enough for
overclocking of power consumption of Intel CPU.
heat sinks above the Z68 chipset look good because of being cut by a special
Two native SATA3 units of Z68 are positioned at the right side, which
are used at a general environment or in a Raid0 state.
CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K
MB: BIOSTAR TSERIES TZ68K+
VGA: Intel HD Graphics 3000
HD: Intel 510 Series
POWER: Thermaltake TR2 450W
Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80
Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
a performance test is performed by using the preset value of CPU.
CPU 100 X 35 => 3500 MHz (booting Turbo Boost, and then
DDR3 1599.8 CL7 8-7-22 1T
Hyper PI 32M X8 => 15m
CPUMARK 99 => 597
Multi Core => 23908
Fritz Chess Benchmark => 27.86/13374
2004R3 => 264699
CPU => 6.93 pts
CPU(Single Core) => 1.57 pts
index of Windows- CPU 7.6
Vantage => 19386
frequency multiplication of the 2700K in the mode of Turbo Boost 2.0 is 39, 38,
37 and 36 respectively; and the basic clock rate is 3.5 GHz.
specification is 100 MHz higher than that of the 2600 K, the performance of this
part is presented in the test, but the improvement is not much.
both the 2600K and the 2700K are the highest-level CPUs in the framework of the
Sandy Bridge, and the data obtained without overclocking is fairly high
For a general use environment, most of the software requirements can
be met by using the high performance preset in 2700K.
DDR3 1599.8 CL7 8-7-22 1T
ADIA64 Memory Read - 19618
Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 21335 MB/s
MaXXMEM Memory-Copy - 21168
DDR3bandwidth is much higher than that of our own platform or a competitor’s
platform, which is the advantage of the improved LGA 1155.
transmission performance of nearly 20000 MB/s can be achieved only by using DDR3
1600, and the voltage is lower than that for the previous
Temperature performance (about 26 DEG C at room
System standby - 23~33
full speed - 40~46
Intel Burn Test v2.4，Stress Level Maximum
temperature performance when system standby is good by enabling the
energy-saving function of C1E.
With the latest Hydro Series H80 of CORSAIR
and the high thermal diffusivity of the hydro-cooling framework, the temperature
is only 46 DEG C at full speed.
Only by working with excellent air-cooling or
hydro-cooling equipment, the state of the preset value on 2700K can still be
lowered to a low temperature.
Power consumption test
running on the OS desktop - 45W
full speed- 103W
to introduction of 32nm, the power consumption is much lower than that of the
previous generation Core i7-870 with the process of 45nm.
consumption of the clock rate at the environment of C1E is only 58W higher than
that of the preset maximum clock rate.
Based on several articles about AMD
APU shared by me recently, in a test with the same 32 nm and 4Cores, the power
consumption of the APU platform is nearly twice that of AMD.
It is thus clear
that the performance and the power consumption under the Intel’s framework have
good advantages under the same process.
Performance test for Intel HD
The preset value of GPU at BIOS is 30 which is equal to 1500
MHz after conversion.
3DMark Vantage => P2500
1920 X 1080 => 30.58 FPS
the Sandy Bridge, two GPUs, i.e., HD2000/HD3000 are built in by Intel, thus the
performance is much advanced than the previous edition.
The detailed test
data are shared in several related articles shared by me recently
The HD3000 has about 6-7 times 3D performance of the previous
platform built-in GPU of Intel, thus it is believed that the applicable range is
The following part is about sharing of the overclocking for
New-style UEFI graphical interfaces are introduced into the BIOS items
By changing 2700K at Turbo Mode to 50, the clock rate, i.e.,
100 X 50 => 5GHz, will be executed.
The Internal PLL Voltage Override is a
special Intel overclock option, which effectively strengthens the stability of
the CPU after substantially overclocking.
It is suggested that the C1E should
be powered off when overclocking, thereby facilitating control of clock rate and
voltage of the CPU.
setting clock rate and parameters for DRAM, the smaller the numerical values
are, the higher the performance is.
The following example is DDR3 1866 CL8
10-9-27 1T, and the set values for the other detailed options are adjusted for
User can perform miniature adjustment on the clock rate or the
parameters according to the condition of the DDR3 on hand, so as to increase the
performance of the DRAM.
CPU voltage adjustment is one of the key points for overclocking.
It can be
adjusted according to the condition of CPU and the heat-dissipation system of
the platform; and the CPU VCoce LoadLine is Enabled.
DRAM voltage is another option to be adjusted for
Substantially, the overclocking at the Sandy Bridge platform is
much simpler than that of the previous platforms,
so the overclocking can be
realized by grasping CPU frequency multiplication, DDR3 parameters, and voltage
adjustment for both.
It’s still felt that the temperature test result for CPU is on
the much higher side;
actually, the wind temperature of the heat sinks or
the temperature of the software for measuring temperature are much
above are personally stable set values for 2700K OC 5GHz, which may be
readjusted for overclocking according to different hardware or difference
between conditions individually.
However, the general direction is at least
right, which can be considered as reference for setting BIOS for the
CPU 100 X 50 =>
4998.9MHz, at full speed is 1.416V.
DDR3 1866.4 CL8 10-9-27 1T
Hyper PI 32M X 4 => 11m 52.875s
CPUMARK 99 => 771
Multi Core => 32119
Fritz Chess Benchmark => 38.95/18694
2004R3 => 341127
CPU => 9.74 pts
CPU(Single Core) => 2.03 pts
experience index - CPU 7.8
Vantage => 24126
overclocking, the performance is increased by about 30% at the single-core
threading, and by over 40% at the multi-core threading, which is quite
The 5GHz which is the performance of 2700K should be the acme
of the 4 Cores CPU on the market currently.
In the future, it may be
surpassed by Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge to be released next year which uses
its own LGA 2011 platform.
DRAM bandwidth test
DDR3 1866.4 CL8 10-9-27
ADIA64 Memory Read - 22805 MB/s
Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 24680
MaXXMEM Memory-Copy - 25963 MB/s
Sandy Bridge framework improves the bandwidth of DRAM a lot, thus a dual-channel
platform can already compete with the performance of a tri-channel platform of
Furthermore, the bandwidth improvement for DDR3 is in clock rate, there
is 10-20% bandwidth improvement after being increased from 1600 to 1866.
high bandwidth performance for LGA 1155 is helpful to improvement for system
performance to some extent.
Temperature performance (about 26 DEG C
at room temperature)
System standby- 36~42
full speed - 76~80
Intel Burn Test v2.4，Stress Level Maximum
temperature increases a little when system standby because of overclocking,
which is substantially within an acceptable range.
The temperature increases
a lot at full speed, which will also happen to the Sandy Bridge framework at the
high clock rate of 5 GHz.
Therefore, it is quite important to lower the
temperature which is also a challenge for the capability of the heat sinks.
The temperature is about 90 DEG C when top-level air cooling is employed
The hydro-cooling performance of CORSAIR H80 is excellent, in
which the temperature is below 80.
It is an acceptable overclocking
temperature for most users.
For BIOSTAR, the voltage control of CPU can be
strengthened, 1.512V at standby and 1.416V at full speed are helpful to
stability after overclocking, but it fluctuates strongly.
No software running on OS desktop - 103W
full speed- 239W
powering off the C1E, the power consumption after overclocking is increased a
lot simultaneously, which it is over 100W at standby.
The power consumption
will be increased by about 136 W at full speed.
From the clock rate and
performance of 5 GHz, the power consumption is a little higher than 95 W which
is the official preset data.
However, compared with the high power
consumption of competitor’s 32 nm 4Cores/8Cores, the power consumption for 32nm
process of Intel is excellent.
It is necessary to select two
chipsets, i.e., P67/Z68 and the like to play the overclocking performance of the
three frequency-unlocked CPU, i.e., 2500K、2600K and latest 2700K.
lowered to a reasonable price on the market, so that it is a MB choice with
light economic burden for consumers with limited budgets.
But Z68 has the
primary functions of two chipsets at the same time, i.e., overclocking frequency
multiplication of CPU of P67 and display output of H67,
so that it is the
chipset of LGA 1155 that has the most comprehensive functions
Unlike LGA 1156 or LGA 775 at a quite high price when just
released in one year, Z68 of the LGA 1155 platform soon after being put on the
market has a reasonable price.
Additionally, Z68 has exclusive SSD
acceleration, so that it is a good function for accelerating the performance of
system for the users with small-capacity SSD on hands.
If selected by myself,
I prefer to directly selecting Z68 MB optimally through adding some
price of TZ68K+ of BIOSTAR is about the same as that of P67 of the other brands;
from this part, the value of C/P is obviously enhanced.
With the overclocking
capability of a rather high level and the advantages of supporting UEFI user
interface and eight-phase power supply, the Z68 should be taken into
If the number of USB 2.0 can be increased or the voltage of CPU can
be suppressed, it will be a valuable high-performance Z68 MB.
release 2700K in Q4, which should be used to replace 2600K that is the
highest-level CPU of LGA 1155 currently.
Although, 2700K is only increased by
100 MHz, the price is only tens of dollars higher according to information on
The voltage for overclocking at 5GHz is about the same as that for
2600K which is shared by windwithme, and is about 1.4V.
At Nov., Intel will
release a higher level LGA 2011 platform, in which the configuration of X79 and
CPU will be much more expensive than that of 2700K and Z68.
On the current
market, the middle-high level platform with higher value of C/P consists of
several combinations, i.e., Z68+2500K or 2600K/2700K.
Personally, I think it
is unnecessary for the users who already have 2600K to upgrade, and it would be
better for those who want to buy 2600K recently to wait the market information
The above is about sharing my experience for overclocking of
i7-2700K, which is provided for users in need as references.