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Aug192008

Intel Nehalem “Core i7” benchmarked

Intel next-generation CPU architecture, code-named Nehalem, and now known as Core i7, will be officially launched in Q4 of this year, most likely in November. HEXUS managed to secretly grab some time with a Nehalem box to benchmark the single-socket, quad-core, eight-threaded, 2.93GHz monster and compare it against Intel’s very own Core 2 Extreme QX9770, QX6800, and AMD’s Phenom 9950 Black Edition.

“As a summary, we know that the monolithic, 45nm-based Nehalem microarchitecture has an integrated memory controller – supporting tri-channel DDR3-1,600 RAM for the desktop – QuickPath Interconnect, simultaneous multithreading, and a three-level cache hierarchy with a large pool shared amongst all cores. The basic design, however, is entrenched in Core 2 roots, but the enhancements bear remarkable similarities to what AMD has been doing for a while now, or are we just being cynical and myopic?”

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