This was actually written on Monday, but withheld due to E3 fun
For all intents and purposes, my next computer will be Intel’s mainstream native quad core processor: Lynnfield. Core i7 CPUs are cutting edge and nice, but they’re also incredibly pricey when you consider the platform components (Triple Channel DDR3 & motherboard). So it’s all about Lynnfield.
AnandTech took a sneak peak at a very early chip sample of Intel’s upcoming processor and the take away from the article is: Turbo mode.
I’m not sure how I missed this, but since the Core i7, Intel’s processors can dynamically overclock individual cores to match the processor’s load. For example, if you have a single threaded application which doesn’t need all four cores running, the processor will dynamically overclock one core to boost performance.
That’s an awesome feature. No longer will you have to decide between lower quad core clockspeeds or higher dual core clock speeds. It’s also worth noting that while this feature was available in the Core i7, Lynnfield’s implementation will be more aggressive. This may be the first processor I will not overclock out of the box; it’s already that awesome.
Check out the estimated Turbo frequencies which Lynnfield may use (courtesy of AnandTech):
|Processor||Clock Speed||Cores / Threads||Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency||TDP||Price|
|Intel Core i7-965 Extreme||3.20GHz||4 / 8||3.46GHz||130W||$999|
|Intel Core i7-940||2.93GHz||4 / 8||3.20GHz||130W||$562|
|Intel Core i7-920||2.66GHz||4 / 8||2.93GHz||130W||$284|
It’s been awhile since I’ve upgraded my PC. The last time was with Intel’s Core 2 Duo and I was thoroughly impressed. And, at least for me, it looks like lightning will strike twice with Lynnfield.