Computer hardware enthusiasts online are busy hanging out at Tom’s Hardware, discussing the potentials and pitfalls of Intel’s new processors, the Core i5 750 (2.66Ghz), Core i7 860 (2.8Ghz), and the Core i7 870 (2.93 Ghz).
Codenamed Lynnfield, these CPUs supposedly enjoy the benefits of a new memory and bus interface, withthe integration of some of the northbridge’s functions into the chip itself. As enthusiasts and their favorite websites run these new thingamajigs through your typical benchmark and stress tests, it remains to be seen if the improvements represent long-term improvements over Intel’s previous generation CPUs, and the older i7s.
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You probably know Intel’s Core i7 architecture as the manufacturer’s latest high-end consumer offering. And you’re probably aware that investing in these expensive processors also require an expensive overhaul of your desktop hardware for compatibility and maximization. But not that much, according to Anandtech:
Despite the high cost of the CPU and the uniqueness of some components, we have shown that it is possible to build a complete high performance Core i7 system for as little as $1450. That price is for a system with 1TB hard drive, Blu-ray player/DVD burner, a Radeon HD 4870 1GB video card, 1920×1080 monitor, keyboard/mouse, …read more