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Date: September 7th, 2009
Article By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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INTEL I7-870 INTRODUCTION



With Intel's release of the Socket 1366 processors last year, the world was exposed to the fastest consumer processor lineup that was available from any manufacturer in the industry. The features were state of the art, the speed was amazing, yet the mainstream did not drop their Core 2 or Core 2 Quad based systems to upgrade to the latest spec. Why was that?


Well, first of all, current coding for games and day to day tasks weren't yet touching the capability of Intel's current Core 2 or Core 2 Quad and a lot of consumer's knew that there system didn't need an upgrade. Sure if they upgraded, they would have a faster system, but would it be noticeable? And would the cost difference be really worth it?


And that brings me to the next point and that would be cost. To upgrade to a Core i7 system, you would have to purchase a processor, then purchase the expensive X58 motherboard which in turn cost about 80-90% of the cost of the cheapest i7 Nehalem available. Then to top it all off, you would have to purchase a triple channel DDR3 kit which at the time were not cheap. Even if you were only going to upgrade to a i7-920 based system which still to the day is and was the cheapest option, you would have been set back $1000 just for a processor upgrade. For the enthusiasts that need the latest technology, they screamed "HELL YEA!", but the mainstream consumer roared " HELL NO!". Seeing the mainstream is the bread and butter of Intel's desktop market, some things needed to be addressed and changed. But the one thing that changed things in my mind was the drop in the economy that Intel had no idea was coming. The Core i7 Nehalem launched in the recession's infancy and was swamped by the perfect storm. Bank accounts dried up, houses were lost, excess cash was a joke and purse strings were tightened. The last thing on most consumer's minds were upgrading in a tough economic time. Society always all of a sudden can make due with what they have at that moment when the mortgage and car payments become the priority.


Because of recession and the relatively slow sales numbers for the new i7, a mainstream solution was needed and the birth of the Socket 1156 Core i7 and Core i5 processor solutions were conceived. With the new generation, triple channel DDR3 was replaced with cheaper dual channel DDR3 memory and the CPU took on the role of the primary display PCI Express controller. This leads to a cheaper overall design which will lead to a cheaper motherboard prices for the newer processors. But, with that being said, one of the main targets is to dominate and squeeze out AMD from the cheaper mainstream market where they have a decent market share. If anyone is going to a box store to purchase an OEM tower, the cheaper alternatives are always AMD......at least for now.


But in addition, Intel has also included a few more tricks up its sleeve with the newer processor. Turbo mode is Intel's way of overclocking certain processor cores when the program is only utilizing or is coded to take advantage of less than the available cores. When this is detected, the processor will bump up one of its cores up to 3.6Ghz over the stock 2.93Ghz. The more cores being utilized, the less the overall turbo overclock will be. I tested this with only one or two core load and it indeed bumped up the speed to 3.6Ghz to get the most performance out of the one or two cores being used. Once I loaded up all four cores and all eight processing threads, the overall cumulative overclock lowered to 3.2Ghz seeing I was keeping the processor cool and it was within the operating temperature range. If it senses an overheating processor, the Turbo will be dialed back till it is within the safe range. With the Nehalem, the Turbo boost was only 1-2x multiplier increase. With the new Core i7 / i5, it will increase that up to 8x multiplier on certain cores. Take this as Intel taking control of the overclocking for you and also making sure that programs that only use 1-2 cores get boosted to perform as well as possible. Sounds like a good deal for the consumer that doesn't dabble in computers and could be an overclocker's dream machine. If Intel will allow an overclock of 700Mhz on some cores, I can't see why all cores cannot be overclocked if you are using a watercooling solution or a very good air cooler.


But how will this processor performa against a Nehalem i7, a Core 2 Duo or a Core 2 Quad? You'll have to keep reading to find out.

 

ABOUT INTEL CORPORATION



For more than three decades, Intel Corporation has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel supplies the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems, and software building blocks that are the "ingredients" of computers, servers and networking and communications products. These products are used by industry members to create advanced computing and communications systems. Intel's mission is to be the preeminent building block supplier to the Internet economy.

 

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