The i7 975 will not be inexpensive, as the top dog in the consumer CPU world Intel is going ask for and expect to get top dollar for this CPU. Is it worth that high-end price? The answer as always is subjective. Personally I would not fork out the extra cash for it unless I was in the high-end content creation business. The reason I say this is that there is no benefit to be had with the Core i7 975 over the older 965 or 940 if all you do is game. This is not to say that the i7 975 is not an amazing CPU, it will do pretty much everything you want and faster than anyone else can. I just do not know if the extra cost is worth it for most people. At the existing price point, you can easily fit two GeForce GTX 285 cards and the i7 920 CPU and overclock it to heavens high. But, if you need the fastest processor in the world for your workstation system, because you require every frame to be crunched, getting a water-cooled overclocked rig might be the right way to go. Seeing perfect stability at beyond 4 GHz clock is something that every content-creator should take a serious look at.
There is no doubt that Intel will retain the speed crown with the i7 975. Simply put there is nothing out there that can match it. All of the content creation applications we tested ran much faster than even the Core i7 965 and when you bump up the speed a little it will simple knock your socks off. But there is a down side to this, unfortunately the i7 975 will cost you a lot of money, this will put it out of the hands of many and as such it will remain the toy of the high-end enthusiast and professional designers for some time. I also feel that the i7 is pushing the limits of the 45nm process, the heat and power usage are pretty high with this CPU. I am looking forward to seeing what Intel can do with this design in the 32nm process. I have a feeling that we will see even more impressive performance once that shift happens.
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