|crispex ||March 26, 2009 04:06 PM |
i5? i5! Core i5 would be the brand name Intel's mainstream desktop derivatives of the Nehalem architecture based on the Lynnfield core would carry. It is similar to its big brother, the Core i7 for the most of the part except for a few differences:
Lynnfield continues to have four x86 processing cores with HyperThreading enabled, with 256 KB of L2 cache per core and a shared 8 MB L3 cache. Chiphell got its hands on not only the processor, but also a compatible motherboard and run a quick preliminary evaluation of the processor. The processor, clocked at 2,127 MHz, was put though SuperPi, wPrime, Cinebench, Fritz Chess, and 3DMark Vantage. The processor is expected to release in the second half of 2009.
- A current generation Direct Media Interface (DMI) Interconnect as chipset interface
-A 128-bit wide DDR3 memory interface (Dual Channel) instead of triple-channel
-Some more machinery from the northbridge migrated to the CPU, such as the PCI-Express root complex
- The newer LGA 1160 socket
It doesn't look like it'll be too bad. I guess I'm just a tad bit worried that this is going to be a trend, with each new processor lineup.
I'm hoping that when the 32nm cores finally come out into the sunlight that I won't have to buy an entirely new M/B, among other things. :blarg:
Does anyone know what's going on with that, by the way?
Oh, and as far as prices on i7's and DDR3 triple-channel memory...I've witnessed, in the past two weeks, a price drop of a bit over $50 on some corsair modules (PC12800's), not to mention that you can find some perfectly good sets for as low as $60, anyway. I can only imagine that some people who bought new RAM for themselves a couple of weeks ago are kicking themselves for not waiting a couple days. :haha: