The year of grace, 2007
- Nov 17, 2004
Intel is reporting at least a 22 percent performance increase clock for clock over their 45nm process, and there are still many steppings to go before they go to market. Westmere also has seven new instructions, designed for accelerating encryption and decryption algorithms. All Nahalem and Westmere based processors will use DDR3 exclusively.
Intel's P1268 32nm development process is progressing better than expected. It is doing so well, in fact, that they are cancelling Havendale and Auburndale, the 45nm mainstream value versions of Nehalem. These were supposed to be the first mass produced chips with on die integrated graphics and an integrated memory controller.
With 32nm development so advanced, Intel made the decision to pull in Clarkdale and Arrandale from the middle of 2010 to Q4 of 2009. They seem confident that they will be able to ramp in time to meet demand from the critical Christmas season.
Intel is planning a series of Nehalem based server chips in order to further tap into this market. It will introduce a Xeon 5000 series of server chips, codenamed Nehalem-EP (Efficient Performance), supported by the Tylersburg-EP platform using Tylersberg chipsets
Da' poate nu l-ai auzit pe mail de la reprezentantul unui foarte important producator de memorii.
Oricum nici eu nu cred pana nu vad, asta e clar...
Cred ca o sa vedem si pretul DDR2 in crestere ca sa ajunga la paritatea aia . Mai ales ca deja e in urcare.
From the balanced notebook perspective, Arrandale is awesome. Battery life doesn't improve, but performance goes up tremendously. The end result is better performance for hopefully the same power consumption. If you're stuck with an aging laptop it's worth the wait. If you can wait even longer we expect to see a second rev of Arrandale silicon towards the middle of the year with better power characteristics.
If what you're after is raw, unadulterated performance, there are still faster options. We compared Arrandale with a Core 2 Duo P8700, and performance went up. If you already have something with a Core i7-720QM (or other i7 part) or a Core 2 Quad, the performance figures aren't nearly so rosy. The catch is that battery life on quad-core CPUs, frankly, stinks.
For a HTPC there's simply none better than these new Clarkies. The on-package GPU keeps power consumption nice and low, enabling some pretty cool mini-ITX designs that we'll see this year. Then there's the feature holy-grail: Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-MA bitstreaming over HDMI. If you're serious about building an HTPC in 2010, you'll want one of Intel's new Core i3s or i5s.
To conclude I can only go back to my only real complaints about Clarkdale. The off-die, on-package memory controller hampers performance. We've taken a step back in terms of memory latency
The other issue is that its pricing at the high end just doesn't make any sense. There isn't a single Core i5 I'd recommend, but the i3s are spot-on.