Wolfdale or Bloomfield? or should I say penryn or nehalem

Being that Q1 2008 is right around the corner, I was interested to see how many are going to purchase the wolfdale--or wait till probably Q4 2008 until the bloomfields come out.

I'm talking desktop processors only here people.

I personally cannot wait for the new tech to arrive as i have an aging e6320 and am looking forward to purchases something with more kick. Woldale will prolly have nice OC skills and the 45nm is good, but bloomfield is a total makeover that does away with fsb, intergrates a ddr3 memory controller, and throws 8 cores (native, says wiki !!) down on the table.

Don't know if it will be worth to to upgrade to a penryn (wolfdale)--what do you guys think given the timeframe?

Oh and a side Q-- does anyone know if the wolfdales will operate with ddr2 boards (like my maximus x38?)

cheers!
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  1. I am waiting. The more I hear about Nehalem the more I want to wait for it. 8 Cores would be great!

    and I have an old 2400 +
  2. Surely your good e6320 is still going strong... god ive got an e6600 that would be older than yours and still love it. IMO wait for Nehalem/Bloomfield cause the wolfdale will not be a great enough improvment i dont think... if you want gains now look at Yorkfield when they get cheaper.
  3. i just want an 8 core cpu and 4 hd3870 x2's in crossfire x so i can finally play crysis on low setting with decent frame rates.

    haha.
  4. echofoxtrot said:
    i have an aging e6320
    Yeah, that chip is virtually obsolete, it's been all of eight months since it came out.
  5. Well according to some news Nehalem will be a huge leap ahead of Penryn. Looking of gains of 40%+.

    I will probably replace my Q6600 with a Q9450 just for the easier OC'ing and lower temps. Then in another 2 years buy the 32nm version of Nehalem 8 core CPU.

    And echofoxtrot, yes the Yorkfeild(consumer version of Wolfdale) will work on a X38 with DDR2. Itt will also work with a P35 and even some mobos P965 will be able to support them. Well I can find the Asus Commando will so far.
  6. I plan on replacing my e4300 with an 8500 Wolfdale. I play EQ2, a very CPU dependent single core game. So I want to be able to OC the Wolfdale to 3800mhz, which should be a rather mild OC most reports I have read said I probably would not even need a voltage increase for that.

    Nehalem looks great in theory, I think Intel is trying to do too much with it though. I think it has a 50% chance of bombing. Which would be great cause AMD could catch up a bit.

    I am an intel fanboy but I sure do want a healthy AMD to keep innovation high and costs low!
  7. echofoxtrot said:
    i just want an 8 core cpu and 4 hd3870 x2's in crossfire x so i can finally play crysis on low setting with decent frame rates.

    haha.


    Dont we all...
  8. dont trust wiki, look what they said about the G92... But nehalem does look like it's the thing of the future
  9. Bloomfield originally had eight cores, but plans changed while codenames did not. Bloomfield is now 4-core:

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/10/26/intel_roadmaps_extreme_nahelems/


    The 8-core honor now belongs to Beckton aka Nehalem-EX:

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19326582-Nehalem-EX-architecture
  10. the dsl report shows nehalem to have the sse4 intrusctions but i've read elsewhere that it would come with sse5 instructions?

    any takers?
  11. echofoxtrot said:
    the dsl report shows nehalem to have the sse4 intrusctions but i've read elsewhere that it would come with sse5 instructions?

    any takers?


    they dont drop instructions they just add more. as far as I know
  12. echofoxtrot said:
    the dsl report shows nehalem to have the sse4 intrusctions but i've read elsewhere that it would come with sse5 instructions?

    any takers?



    Yeah, Nehalem will add SSE4 and SSE 5.

    Penryn will have SSE4 added.
  13. I'm not sure if Nehalem will have SSE5, given that its AMD who developed the instruction set.

    While I have nothing against AMD's instruction set, I'm not sure if Intel will share the same opinion.
  14. Don't quote me on this. But I believe that Penryn implements most SSE4 instructions, while there are a few that are (will) only be available in Nehalem.
  15. Penryn will support all SSE instructions up to SSE4. The question is how many new SSE instructions will be added to the Nehalem processor.
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