Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived - HotHardware

Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived

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There are only a select few events in the PC hardware world that get hardcore enthusiasts truly excited. For example, when popular trade shows like Computex, IDF, and CES take place, there is a fair amount of buzz.  Also, anytime the major players in graphics release next-generation GPUs, things definitely heat up; or likewise when a hot new game hits.  Finally, when either of the processor big guns, Intel or AMD unleash new CPU micro-architectures on the world, you can almost bet on the community to come alive with enthusiasm. We're sure we've missed a few other momentous occasions as well, but you get the gist. It takes something new and exciting to get a PC Enthusiast's pulse racing.

Thankfully, today is one of those times. Although Intel won't be officially launching their Core i7 processors, formerly codenamed Nehalem, and the X58 Express chipset until sometime later in the month, we've had them in house for a while now and can finally show you all the goods. We've tested every Core i7 speed grade that will be available at launch, along with at trio of X58 Express based motherboards. We've even thrown in some high-resolution multi-GPU SLI and CrossFireX testing for good measure as well.

There's a lot to cover, so we'll keep the introduction short and dive right in. Below are some Core i7 features and specifications to whet your appetite--the main course is available on the pages ahead.  Also, our video spotlight of all this new Intel technology can be found here.
 

 
Intel Core i7 Processor and Corsair Triple-Channel DDR3 RAM
On The DX58SO 'Smackover' Motherboard

Intel Core i7 Processors
Specifications & Features

  • Core Frequencies - 3.2GHz (965), 2.93GHz (940), 2.66 (920) 
  • QPI Speed - 6.4GT/s (965), 4.8GT/s (940, 920) 
  • TDP (Thermal Design Power) - 130W
  • Stepping - 4
  • Number of CPU Cores - 4
  • Shared L3 Cache - 8MB
  • L2 Cache - 1MB (256K x 4)
  • Processor input voltage (VID) - 1.160v
  • .045-micron manufacturing process
  • Shared Smart Cache Technology
  • PECI Enabled
  • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST)
  • Extended HALT State (C1E) Enabled
  • Execute Disable Bit (XD) Enabled
  • Intel 64 Technology
  • Intel Virtualization Technology (VT)
  • Packaging -  Flip Chip LGA1366
  • Total Die Size: Approximately 263mm2 
  • Approximately 731M Transistors
  • MSRP - $999 (965), $562 (940), $284 (920)

 
45nm Nehalem Quad-Core Die



Intel hasn't exactly kept many details regarding Nehalem and the X58 Express chipset a well guarded secret this past year or so. In fact, we've already posted a number of articles related to both, dating back to March of last year, in which we write about many of the main features and specifications of Nehalem, its naming convention and the supporting X58 Express chipset. Here is a breakdown of a few of the most pertinent stories...

We're going to summarize many of the main details again here, but if you'd like to check out our complete coverage of the Core i7 (Nehalem) and the X58 Express chipset, the list of articles above covers just about all there is to know.
 

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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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