Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity
You know how I can tell you didn't read the thread? ..Because the Xeon 5698 was mentioned 3-4 times as being a 4.4ghz dual core CPU that was introduced months ago.
Originally Posted by SmokinWaffle
Intel actually had a true 4GHz CPU a few months ago, 4.4GHz in fact; the X5698, although only Dual Core, still impressive. Shipped in OEM systems only, they think.
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Having started this thread and having seen it already closed once by 5entinel, and to be re-opended again upon my explanation, I think I must add some clarification:
The title of the thread is a bit misleading, I'll give you all that, but I just followed the original title of the article, as it constitutes a good practice here on OCN, so as to not only make searches for possible reposts much easier, but also to keep things objective (from the poster's point of view, of course).
The title however, does not tell the whole story. The thread previoulsy quoted about the Xeon 5698 4.4 Ghz is about a custom made CPU for a client, which, to the best of my knowledge, is not available for purchase.
The Xeon in this thread on the other hand is available and part of the Intel family, as mentioned in the spec update
the article mentions.
Thus, we are talking about different products. The Xeon in this news is a new four core product, while the X5698 is a custom dual core product for the 1366 platform, which is an older platform on it's way out.
All in all, we can't compare the two products. Because of platform and availability. The newsworthiness in this thread lies in the fact that this Xeon in particular is available for purchase, and because it has so many similarities with the consumer Sandy Bridge, we may soon have one too with a Turbo Boost of 4 Ghz.
So, in effect, while the title may imply this is old news, the content of the news itself is mentioning a new product for a new platform, which ultimately also opens new possibilites for the consumer.
Let's not forget one thing: we all have custom coolers and voltage tweaking knowledge on how to make a 2500k or 2600k run at 4 Ghz on all four cores, but that is not really the point of this discussion.
What matters here is that after all these years Intel felt confident in it's tests to make a chip that can reliably work at 4 Ghz, even if it's just on one core, for it's entire warranty period of 3 years with the stock cooler. This is about mass market, not minority overclocking, and as such is a landmark which will ultimately benefit us all.Edited by tpi2007 - 6/9/11 at 5:26am