Today marks the launch of a new breed of CPUs from Intel, those of which sport the future-proof dual core technology which has been been sitting in the limelight for a little while now. The first offering gets the "Extreme Edition" stamp with its 1mb of L2 cache per core, quad-thread hyperthreading, and runs at a clock speed of 3.2GHz on Intel's new 945/955X Express chipset.
There's no doubting the first and foremost aspect focused on for this new platform is that of performance; Just where does it stand amongst the current crop? Thats where the below sites come to the rescue for us thanks to Intel throwing around a bunch of samples for previews galore (unfortunately not to us this time around however :/ ). I'll be sure to update the below list as more sites deliver.
Dual-core processing is literally what it sounds like. Two independent execution cores on a single piece of silicon and, consequently, in one processor package. Sounds like an intriguing proposition, doesn't it? Intel thinks so, and has invested heavily in research and development for an entire family of soon-to-be-released dual- and multi-core CPUs. Today's (p)review focuses in on the first dual-core processor Intel has architected for the desktop environment.
The Pentium Extreme Edition 840 HT-enabled CPU runs at a nominal 3.2GHz but, as you will have guessed, has 2 execution cores in a single LGA775 package. A CPU architectural overhaul has also given rise to new supporting chipsets, the 945/955X Express, respectively. Read on to find out how this combination stacks up against the established hierarchy.