Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived

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As they typically do when launching a line of processors based on a new micro-architecture, Intel will also be releasing the X58 Express chipset to support Core i7 processors. Due to the fact that Core i7 processors have their memory controllers integrated into the CPU die, however, the X58 isn't so much a brand new chipset as it is an adaptation of existing technologies to support the Core i7.

 


As you can see, the X58 Express chipset consists of the X58 I/O hub and the ICH10 - ICH10R Southbridge, which was first introduced with the P45 chipset for the LGA775 platform. The X58 is equipped with up to 36 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 connectivity, that with flexible lane configurations possible to support multiple graphics cards. The X58 has native support for ATI's CrossFireX technology, and NVIDIA has opened SLI up to the X58 platform as well, but motherboard manufacturers have to submit their boards for evaluation to NVIDIA and in order to enable SLI, the board's BIOS must be outfitted with the necessary hooks. We've got more information regarding SLI support on the X58 available here.

Notice the three channels of DDR3 memory hang directly off the processor in the diagram above, and that the CPU is linked to the IOH over a QPI link capable of offering up to 25.6GB/s of bandwidth. This kind bandwidth is possible per QPI port because the link is comprised of 40 dedicated data lanes (20 in each direction).

The ICH10 Southbridge supports 6 SATA ports, 12 USB 2.0 ports, HD audio, 6 PCI Express x1 lanes and Intel 82567 Gigabit LAN. Many X58 Express based motherboards, however, will feature the ICH10R, which also adds support for Intel Matrix RAID storage technology. Notice, there is no legacy PATA or LPT support here.

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Wow way to give me the upgrade bug. Not only show off the i7 CPUs but the new version of my mobo too.

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I'm going to handcuff myself to my chair for the next six months (maybe AMD will somehow surprise us with something that drops the prices), then buy buy buy!

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bob_on_the_cob:

Wow way to give me the upgrade bug. Not only show off the i7 CPUs but the new version of my mobo too.

ICE make me feel obsolete

 

If you 2 guys get the upgrade bug REALLY REALLY BAD and you dont have a need for those 2 Monsters that you have, I got a home for the poor old wore out and out of date Rigs you have now right here. Its kinda like a recycling center! Here,s my address Amdcrankitup,s house and if it will help I,ll pay the shipping for you so you wont have to take the money out of your I7,s savings.Thats the kinda guy I am always trying to help! LOL

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Oh amdcranckitup. Not sure if I'm getting a core i7 this year or not, but you know that you guys would have first dibs on anything I stop using.

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bob_on_the_cob:

Oh amdcranckitup. Not sure if I'm getting a core i7 this year or not, but you know that you guys would have first dibs on anything I stop using.

 

 Im just messing with you BOB.Im so impressed with the rigs you and ICE have I cant even think that far ahead to be able to get an i7.But give me time and I,ll get up to a Quadcore first of the year and maybe even a Striker or Maximus with a 9800 thrown in there some where. That would get me closer and I would be satisfied with that setup for a while. Like to see one of you guys get a i7 rig just to se the reveiw posted by one of our guys here! Maybe Raid will get one soon he,s the one wih the money around here! LOL How bout it Raid have,nt heard from you much lately.He must be reving up one of his current Hot Rods he,s got and going to spring a suprise on us!Geeked

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Lol Well I sold my old rig which was no slouch to a girl at work and since then I have reinstalled windows on it 2 times, put a new hard drive in it and I got a call tonight saying it wont cut on at all now. I still have not got a dime for it. So if its something like the PSU or mobo I'm going to just pick it up and say that I can't fix it. It's has worked fine for me since I got it and now in a few weeks it just keeps dying.Hmm I'll see what I can get out of it you guys having first dibs of course.

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bob_on_the_cob:

Lol Well I sold my old rig which was no slouch to a girl at work and since then I have reinstalled windows on it 2 times, put a new hard drive in it and I got a call tonight saying it wont cut on at all now. I still have not got a dime for it. So if its something like the PSU or mobo I'm going to just pick it up and say that I can't fix it. It's has worked fine for me since I got it and now in a few weeks it just keeps dying.Hmm I'll see what I can get out of it you guys having first dibs of course.

 

  Thats how it goes when you sell it to some one you know its suppose to come with a lifetime warranty!!  Or at least they think it does. On top of that she has,nt even payed you. Most of the time when they have a problem its Usually operator error not the rig.

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amdcrankitup:

Most of the time when they have a problem its Usually operator error not the rig.

Yeah I never had a problem from it.

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make me feel obsolete

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Awesome. I can't wait to build an i7 system...unfortunately I'll need to wait a bit longer before upgrading though.

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