Intel Nehalem all set to deliver major performance

So, the early QX9770 desktop Yorkfield Extreme part was trying hard to come close to 6GHz here yesterday under deep freeze. And now we know the equivalent unlocked top-bin "enthusiast" Xeon for Skulltrail and similar boards (there is expected to be more than one board supporting unlocked dual-socket Xeons this year, not just Skulltrail) will […]

So, the early QX9770 desktop Yorkfield Extreme part was trying hard to come close to 6GHz here yesterday under deep freeze. And now we know the equivalent unlocked top-bin "enthusiast" Xeon for Skulltrail and similar boards (there is expected to be more than one board supporting unlocked dual-socket Xeons this year, not just Skulltrail) will be called QX9775. This is basically a "no holds barred" version of the X5482 3.2GHz FSB1600 part.

These - obviously - are fast parts and, with a few more steppings coming along over the next six months, Intel got that frequency headroom to something like 4GHz under normal operating conditions, something confirmed to us this morning by a very large Taiwan OEM.

So, how much will the Nehalem be faster than the already oh-so-fast Penryn, focusing specifically on the core IPC single thread performance? I asked Kirk Skaugen, Intel's Digital Enterprise Group VP and GM of Server Platforms Group[...]

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Intel, Nehalem, QX9770, QX9775, X5482, Yorkfield, Xeon, Processor, CPUs, Dual-socket, Motherboard, Skulltrail