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Intel's Core i7 finally makes its debut

Kiss the aging FSB goodbye
By Steve Dougherty from Nov 3, 2008 @ 0:59 CST

At last, the long awaited day for Nehalem has arrived. This new high-end/enthusiast desktop platform from Intel needs little to no introduction thanks to the truckloads of information and sneek previews that we have been graced with over the past eight+ months.


Intel Core i7 Processor


The platform is made up of Intels latest X58 motherboard chipset with triple channel memory, support for both Crossfire and SLI and a host of other refreshing features along with an LGA1366 Core i7 CPU which so far has three models launched today. These include the Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Extreme Edition, operating at speeds of 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz and 3.2GHz respectively.


Intel Core i7 Processor


As to how well the platform compares to ye'ole faithful Core 2 architecture and how far these new puppies are overclocking, you can get all the answers you seek via the mass of coverage now beginning to pour in from all angles at the following websites :-


- Yours truly
- NVNews
- Legion Hardware
- bit-tech #1
- bit-tech #2
- Atomic MPC
- Anandtech
- Bjorn3D
- XBit Labs
- Toms Hardware
- Benchmark Reviews
- Driver Heaven
- Hardcoreware
- Planetx64
- Tech Report
- PC Perspective
- Ocaholic
- Tech Spot
- Techgage
- Hexus
- Hot Hardware
- Hot Hardware (Video)
- Neoseeker
- Overclockers AU
- tbreak
- PCekspert
- Overclockers Club
- Madshrimps
- Lost Circuits
- Legit Reviews
- Hartware
- Overclock3D


We are happy to say in our opinion Core i7 is how Core 2 could and should have been from the start. AMD's experimentation with on-chip memory controllers proved it could work and work well. Memory speeds were never as good for Intel as AMD K8, thanks to an extremely fast memory access time and bandwidth. Thankfully, Core i7 followed this tradition; but to really stick the nail in AMD's coffin, triple channel memory has pushed the Core i7 to the brink of insane memory bandwidth.


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