Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Intel Core i7 review roundup
We've already seen a few benchmarks of Intel's new Core i7 processor, but if you're still craving some more details about Intel's latest and greatest you now have plenty more than that to chew on, with reviews, overviews, and yet more benchmarks pouring in left and right. As you might expect, most sites are describing the CPU as a very big deal for Intel, with the folks at Maximum PC even going so far as to call it the company's "most significant CPU launch in, well, ever." What's more, as those early benchmarks hinted at, it doesn't look like there's too many folks disappointed with the new processors, with even the "low end" Core i7 920 able to defeat the higher clock speed Core 2 Quad Q9650 "over and over" according to TechSpot, a feat due in large part to the CPU's on-die memory controller and Intel's new QPI technology. The first few systems shipping with the processor also look to have been fairly well received, with Slash Gear finding that Gateway's new Core i7 920-based FX6800-01e delivered a reasonable but not revolutionary upgrade over its Core 2 Quad-based predecessor, and Computer Shopper also finding plenty of things to like in new systems from Falcon Northwest and iBuypower, though the price of each of those systems is another matter. That, of course, is just skimming the surface, and if you've got a few hours to spare, you can find plenty more to keep you busy by diving into the links below.
Read - PC Perspective. "Nehalem Revolution: Intel's Core i7 Processor Complete Review"
Read - Techgage, "Intel Core i7 Performance Preview"
Read - Maximum PC, "Core i7 Dissected and Benchmarked"
Read - Computer Shopper, "Intel's Core i7 Debuts: Systems, CPUs, and Motherboards Reviewed"
Read - HotHardware, "Getting To Know Intel's New Core i7, Video Spotlight"
Read - HotHardware, "Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived"
Read - TechSpot, "Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Extreme Edition review"
Read - Custom PC, "Intel Core i7 - all you need to know"
Read - SlashGear, "Gateway FX6800-01e Review"