Intel`s Core i7 CPU Cranks Up PerformanceBy Frank Ohlhorst | Print
The Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 Chipset arrive at the end of the month and should power IT solution providers into the next generation of the workstation market.
"Nehalem and Smackover" may sound like the stars of the latest TV police drama, but this dynamic duo from Intel -- the Intel Core i7 CPU and Intel X58 Chipset -- is headed straight for the desktop. Intel is hoping that users looking for the highest performance possible will want the Nehalem CPU and Smackover Chipset to star in their desktop PCs and workstations. Hopefully, solution providers and system builders will be able to leverage that star power into increased sales and profits.
Due to be released by the end of November 2008, Intel’s Core i7 CPU (code named Nehalem) and the X58 Chipset (code named Smackover) bring higher performance to desktop PCs, workstations and servers. Intel has integrated several design tricks to bring more performance to the 45 nanometer architecture, mostly by adding an integrated memory controller and a new interconnect (point-to-point protocol) called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), somewhat similar to what AMD has been doing with Phenom and other processors. That is not to say that Intel has been playing catch-up with AMD, but more likely adopting a proven technology that is known to enhance performance.