Today Intel are releasing CPUs based on the Nehalem architecture but with prices and specifications designed to appeal to mainstream consumers. Today we will be putting two of these models through their paces and comparing them to existing i7 CPUs as well as AMDs top Phenom 2 model and the best Core 2 CPU. In addition to that we will cover various memory configurations and throw a handful of the more interesting P55 based motherboards into the mix with two aftermarket coolers.
We've been hearing a lot about the new Core i5/i7 CPU's, and generally we like to reserve our opinion until the test results are in. We've benched the Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 extensively. We've added a bevvy of tests to our benchmarking routine and Core i5/i7 LGA 1156 is looking pretty good.
The introduction of the Core i7 range of processors late last year was the beginning of the Nehalem family. The processors have had a mixed reception and it is fair to say that although the new series has been impressive performance wise, the pricing was and still is too much for many users. After all, the LGA1366 socket requires not only the processor but also an X58 motherboard and triple channel DDR3 memory.
During MSI-sponsored MOA 2009 overclocking event, 10 teams used MSI N275GTX Lightning graphics card and Eclipse mainboard to achieve higher 3DMark Vantage P score than current P16923 world record of the flagship GeForce GTX 285. George Pavlidis and Stelaras from Greece even achieved an outstanding P18763 score, making the MSI N275GTX Lightning the fastest single-GPU graphics card in the world!
After the competition, when things quieted down, all of the contestants gave the N275GTX Lightning a great rating - especially the power supply design, thermal design, Military Class components, and overclocking capabilities. The contestants were able to run all the N275GTX Lightning at a stable -100°C and over 1GHz - the kind of performance usually only achieved by one in ten thousand cards!
Samsung announced its new X series of laptops this morning, and the company let a detail slip about the X120 portable that's less trivial than it may initially sound: the thin portable eschews Intel's netbook-oriented Atom line in favor of a new ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processor from Intel. The SU4100 ULV processor and its siblings will formally launch later this month and have been getting press recently under the internal Intel acronym CULV (for consumer ULV).
Customers are apparently shouting at graphics chip makers to do more about correcting memory systems.
One of the downsides of the current generation of GPUs is a lack of error correction which causes problems for high performance users. According to HPC Wire, Graphics chip vendors are aware of the problem and it appears to be only a matter of time before GPUs get a memory makeover.
DGL-4500 Tester from San Diego to Los Angeles. We're looking for anyone that is experiencing the 3-4 day lock up, WAN slow down and poor wireless connections on their DGL-4500.
What we want to do is send out an Engineer to your location for about half a day to run some tests in your environment. We will also give you an extra router to comp you.
Remember we're only looking for users located within San Diego to Los Angeles.
Once we find what we need this thread will be closed and removed!
Ru-Fi-Oh, Technical Engineer
September 8 will be launched next-generation Core i7 processors with Core i5 and, carrying P55 chipset, the new motherboards will have been officially offered for sale.
All the currently available processors from Intel feature a black LGA Cover for protection, but Intel has decided to remove it soon in order to reduce the impact to the environment.
According to the information sources, Intel will stop shipping the LGA1366 and LGA771 processors with an LGA Cover starting from September 28th. However, the customers are expected to get parts with covers until the stocks are depleted.
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