Updating to Core i7 2600. Well, that was easy.


GENERALMELCHETT, my main PC ‘ride’ was built in late 2007. The General is named in homage to the great character played by Stephen Fry in Blackadder. A few upgrades of video cards, one processor update to the Q9300 and some hard disk shenanigans resulted in a nice stable PC.

This month, Intel started shipping their “second generation” Core i7 series.

The General, having served well on the front lines for 38 months; well, it was time for an upgrade.

After Core i7

Part 2 of the upgrade involves installing an SSD. Budget requires that to be accomplished sometime in February.

Part 1 involved:

  • Intel Core i7 2600 running at 3.4Ghz (up from the 2.4Ghz of the Q9300)
  • 16Gb of DDR3 RAM (surprisingly cheap!)
  • Gigabyte P67 SATA3/USB3 motherboard

After 30 minutes of hardware surgery, the new GENERAL booted Windows 7 x64; from the same hard drive used in the old machine. A few drivers were installed; the ATI video card reconfigured itself, restart.

In about 45 minutes – I had a new heart in the old GENERAL.

Performance differences:

  • MahTweets compiles 20% faster
  • WEI scores 7.6 for CPU and 7.9 for memory.
  • Passmark rating increase as shown above (red is the old GENERAL)
  • significant boost in memory performance
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