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Several days ago we took a look at Intel’s next generation X58 platform for Nehalem in which we explained that the new chipset will be bringing along several new features. The most significant of these features is QuickPath, which is a brand new link architecture very similar to AMD’s HyperTransport, and getting rid of the front-side bus (FSB) system altogether.

What this means for enthusiasts is that old methods of overclocking will no longer work with Nehalem. What will happen is that the connection between the CPU and the northbridge (X58 MCH), will be based on an external clock multiplier running at 133 MHz. At this time, with an early X58 sample motherboard on hand, we’re still unable to change this frequency, but our motherboard sources tell us that this is a feature that will be available via the system BIOS once things go into full production.

Just for reference, a similarly configured Core 2 Extreme X6800 at 2.93 GHz delivers a CPU score of 7417 — roughly a 23 percent difference clock for clock, core for core. When compared to a similarly equipped AMD Athlon FX-62 system, the gap widened even more, to a staggering 31 percent difference, with ’Nehalem’ taking a long distance lead. Keep in mind t hat this is actually very impressive, because our Nehalem platform is running on very early hardware, specifically the motherboard. We are expecting even better margins in the coming months as the platform matures.

Although this is a short preview, it gives us an overall idea of the potential that’s in Intel’s next-generation CPU. Nehalem is a huge step forward for Intel in many ways, leaving behind some old concepts, and taking a big step forward in other areas.

At its expected announcement in Q4’08, Nehalem will be released initially with 4-cores, and later scaling up from there. One detail to note is that HyperThreading makes a nice comeback as well. Our CPU read as 8 processors in Windows Vista.

Frequency potential with Nehalem in its current state of silicon, is very healthy, Intel told us during Computex earlier in June. With our preliminary tests of the 2.93 GHz CPU, we’re confident in saying that enthusiasts can expect even faster processor frequencies down the line.

Keep in mind this article is not meant to be a review, but is a short expose on the potential of the Nehalem family. We hope it gives you an idea of what to expect.
Source : http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/intel-...ews-28701.html
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repost i think? i'm not trying to be a jerk i just saw a CPUZ shot of that proc. still tho, interesting read. rep+
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Dam thats a really low FSB.
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Dam thats a really low FSB.
Except it's not an FSB.
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23% faster in one benchmark than a quad core Penryn at the same speed. I've read in different forums and sites that the move to Nehalem from Penryn was going to bring the kind of performance increase that the move from Presler to Conroe brought.
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interesting! rep+
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Dam thats a really low FSB.
Yet the article states that It's not FSB......
    
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23% faster in one benchmark than a quad core Penryn at the same speed. I've read in different forums and sites that the move to Nehalem from Penryn was going to bring the kind of performance increase that the move from Presler to Conroe brought.
Yes, the article claims a 23% clock-for-clock improvement. But, they wouldn't lie to make Nehalem look better than it actually is would they? You may think that surely they wouldn't do that, but look again...

First the article starts out by saying a 23% improvement:


Then the page is updated later and this improvement shrinks to 11%: (Note that this update is not present on the UK website, only the .com one)


But that still doesn't paint an accurate picture, because according to THEIR OWN TESTS:

The QX6800 scores 9458 on PCMark05.

So in reality, it's a 4% improvement clock-for-clock, at least in PCMark. This begs the question: Why are they artificially inflating the advantage of Nehalem?
Edited by darkcloud89 - 7/9/08 at 10:43pm
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Yes, the article claims a 23% clock-for-clock improvement. But, they wouldn't lie to make Nehalem look better than it actually is would they? You may think that surely they wouldn't do that, but look again...

First the article starts out by saying a 23% improvement:


Then the page is updated later and this improvement shrinks to 11%: (Note that this update is not present on the UK website, only the .com one)


But that still doesn't paint an accurate picture, because according to THEIR OWN TESTS:

The QX6800 scores 9458 on PCMark05.

So in reality, it's a 4% improvement clock-for-clock, at least in PCMark. This begs the question: Why are they artificially inflating the advantage of Nehalem?
The first one compared Nehalem to X6800 the second Nehalem to QX6800. Whats your point?
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Sensationalism? Remember though that they're using PC Mark 05, which is an old benchmark that probably isn't optimized to reflect any advantages the Nehalem could have.
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