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Intel Core i7 - Nehalem Arrives and FSB Departs - Test System Setups

Intel Core i7 has been the talk of the town lately. Today its arrival brings a smile to enthusiasts everywhere.

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 2, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%      Manufacturer: Intel

Phenom Test System

 

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9850 2.5GHz (12.5x200MHz)

 

Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP (Supplied by AMD)

 

Memory: 2x1GB DDR2-1142 Aeneon Xtune

 

Hard Disk: Intel SSD X25-M 80GB (Supplied by Intel)

 

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 64

 

Drivers: Forceware 178.15

 

Core 2 Test System

 

CPU1: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz (9.5x133MHz)

 

CPU2: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9770 3.2GHz (8x400MHz)

 

Motherboard: GIGABYTE EP48T-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 2x1GB DDR3-12280 OCZ XMP1600

 

Hard Disk: Intel SSD X25-M 80GB (Supplied by Intel)

 

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 64

 

Drivers: Intel INF 9.0.0.1008, Forceware 178.15

 

Intel Core i7 Test System

 

CPU1: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (20x 133MHz)

 

CPU2: Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 3.2GHz (24x 133MHz)

 

Motherboard: GIGABYTE E58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 3x2GB Corsair XMP-1600 Tri Channel

 

Hard Disk: Intel SSD X25-M 80GB (Supplied by Intel)

 

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Cooling: Stock Intel Cooler

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 64

 

Drivers: Intel INF 9.1.0.1007, Forceware 178.15

 

Now, this looks interesting. Today we have the two top Intel Core processors in the E8500 Duo and the Q9770 Quad series along with the top Phenom X4 that AMD has out in the 9850 running 2.5GHz. Today we will be testing the Core i7 against the older generation in a series of tests that compares several aspects of the new platform.

 

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