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I have encountered many websites saying about Intel's second generation processors. What is really difference between the the 1st generation and 2nd gen of Intel processors? Is this just some sort of marketing hype by Intel?
post #2 of 16
Take the i7's

Nehelm processors are 45nm, the 2nd gen is 32nm. The sandybridge processors overclock a lot higher and at cooler temps as well.

It's basically a revised model with a few changes, but essentially the same architecture.

Comps
post #3 of 16
No, second gen are Sandy Bridge.
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by csm725;13237767 
No, second gen are Sandy Bridge.

Yes, 32nm processors.
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In case you aren't trolling, the second generation processors from Intel (out right now) are processors codenamed Sandy Bridge. They're the ix-xxxx processors (i3-2100, i5-2400, i7-2600k, etc.).

From what I understand, they're up to 15% faster than the previous generation at the same clock speeds. For example, the i5-2500K is 15% faster than the i5-750 at the same speeds.
 
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post #6 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by compuman145;13237763 
Take the i7's

Nehelm processors are 45nm, the 2nd gen is 32nm. The sandybridge processors overclock a lot higher and at cooler temps as well.

It's basically a revised model with a few changes, but essentially the same architecture.

Comps

Very wrong sir. Very different architecture. Enough to the point where a 2600K (Second Generation i7 Quad Core) matches a 980X (First Generation Enthusiast i7 Hex Core)

The second generation i7s are very much more powerful than the first generation. To the point where it's pointless to buy the old generation, or any processor otherwise for that matter, due to how it's priced compared to the other processors and such.
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by compuman145;13237777 
Yes, 32nm processors.

there are 32nm first gen i7s

32nm doesnt guarantee it to be sandy bridge. As it stands now, socket 1155 is the way to know if its 2nd gen, or if the number is a 4 digit code instead of the previous 3 digit
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post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Imglidinhere;13237787 
Very wrong sir. Very different architecture. Enough to the point where a 2600K (Second Generation i7 Quad Core) matches a 980X (First Generation Enthusiast i7 Hex Core)

it matches it in everything except for heavily threaded applications, for most of us gamers the 2nd gen is a better choice though. Someone doing video encoding could benefit from a 980x etc (wether the price is worth it though is a whole nother story)
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post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Imglidinhere;13237787 
Very wrong sir. Very different architecture. Enough to the point where a 2600K (Second Generation i7 Quad Core) matches a 980X (First Generation Enthusiast i7 Hex Core)

No it doesn't.

Obviously, the per core performance is better so if you're comparing applications that can only take advantage of 4 or less cores, SB will win. But a 990x will trounce it if all six cores are used.

Not everyone is a gamer, and it's unlikely one would buy a 970/980x/990x unless it was for a specific purpose where all six cores are at least utilized.
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post #10 of 16
True, I forgot about the 970 etc.

However all the sandybridge processors are 32nm.
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