Today, the latest and best processor architecture from Intel is released.
In the past two years, Intel has dominated the CPU market with its Core 2 processors and devastated the AMD products Athlon and Phenom. Despite this significant dominance, Intel will push the Core 2 aside and make room for the new Core i7 processor series.
Given that the Pentium 4 lived for about four years, it seems almost criminal to take Core 2's lead so early, especially given the success the Core 2 had. While the Pentium 4 often performed second best after AMD's Athlon64 series, AMD is in hot water today and we can't even imagine what will happen to the Core i7 today.
It is clear that Intel is enjoying being ahead, and the Core i7 should make sure that it stays that way in the future.
Today we present three new Core i7 processors based on the new Intel Nehalem microarchitecture, each with 4 cores and operating in the range from 2.66 to 3.20 GHz. Like the Core 2 family, these new processors have model numbers to keep things simple.
Initially, Intel only released three processors, one of which is an Extreme Edition version.
The Core i7 965 Extreme Edition runs at 3.20 GHz and has a QPI throughput (QuickPath Interface) of 6.4 GT / s, which is the main difference here. The mainstream versions of the processor include the Core i7 920 and 940, which are clocked at 2.66 GHz and 2.93 GHz, respectively. These less expensive processors offer QPI throughput of just 4.8 GT / s. It will therefore be interesting to find out how this affects performance.
As we proceed, we will detail some interesting new concepts introduced in the Core i7's Nehalem architecture, talk about the future of this platform as it works today (also known as the benchmark galore) to provide some preliminary overclocking results and get first results pricing.