Ketsfield may turn out extremely efficient in applications that can create parallel multi-threaded workload. Unfortunately, there are not that many tasks yet that could work this way. However, by launching this quad-core monster into the world Intel definitely creates very favorable grounds for the new stage in software development â€“ parallel data processing. And the game developers will be the first ones to take real action in this direction, because at this time no game can rally load all the four cores of the Kentsfield processor.
I would like to specifically stress that the introduction of quad-core Kentsfield processors will also improve the performance-per-watt ratio significantly. According to Intel, these CPUs shouldnâ€™t consume much more power than the top Conroe processors. At the same time, the performance growth may reach up to 80% (if the applications are well optimized, of course), which we have just see in our preliminary test session.