How does Intel come out with that much cpus?

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thedarkfade
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Hello again, my fellow geeks,

I recently heard rumors that every Intel cpus in the same families, or even generations, have the same type of die/core, Intel only tests the finished products and see how far they can get, and rate them, and come out with different model names.

With that said, the so called better/higher-ended cpus in the families/generations is just the cpus that have more stable/luckily more capable dies/cores.

Can anyone confirm or deny this rumor? I am really confused and eager to know the truth.

Thanks a lot.

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eire1274
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Not exactly true. There are similarities, though.

For instance, the Core and Core 2 series CPUs were largely based on the Pentium 3 micro-architecture, as I believe was the first generation Core i3. Later i3's (Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge) share more similarity to the Pentium 4. However, there is a LOT of changing in little bits (RAM busses, cache busses, processor channel interleaving) as well as the size format that changes.

You can't build the new upgrade with out referencing the previous model(s).

Nick McDermott

thedarkfade
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Thank you for the reply.

So do cpus in the same families/generations have the same die/core or not?

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Yes, there is a certain amount of generational separation (e.g. testing each die set to determine what it's highest stable clock is), as due to focusing on such a tight projection (22nm currently on Ivy Bridge) that the center of the waver produces cleaner images, and therefore faster CPUs. However, for instance, the Core i5 has several different modules with variances in the integrated GPU, memory bus, etc., I believe up to 5 different diagrams.

Nick McDermott