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Intel's 'Nehalem' To Launch Sooner

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Originally scheduled to launch in November or December this year, Intel’s Nehalem-based Bloomfield processors will now launch in September along with X58 chipsets, sources at motherboard makers revealed. However, the sources pointed out that CPUs and motherboards will not officially appear in the channel until early October.

We took an early look at Nehalem in a quad-core configuration running at 2.93 GHz. In our very early tests, our Nehalem part performed quite impressively. It beat out the competition by fairly significant margins, proving that Intel’s architectural changes is definitely on the positive side. Our part was able to outperform equally configured systems with current processors from both AMD’s camp and Intel’s own by margins between 20 to 30 percent.

Keep in mind that Nehalem no longer uses a traditional front-side bus (FSB), and instead uses an external multiplier to control the link between CPU core, memory controller, and north-bridge.

According to several of our sources, Intel is well on its way with silicon yield, and early samples confirm this. With our own sample in house, we were able to overclock our samples by nearly 1 GHz. What are the performance figures for a quad-core Nehalem system running at nearly 4 GHz? We’ll come back with more as soon as we develop a viable suite of benchmarks to show some real-world gaming and productivity performance.

Stay tuned!

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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 24, 2008 6:09 PM
    Sweet!
    Me wanna get one. Intel has really stepped it up lately.
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    shadowthor , July 24, 2008 6:19 PM
    Looks good for anyone looking to build a new system.
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    cah027 , July 24, 2008 6:29 PM
    I might finally retire my AMD 2400+ system and build one of these with a 4870X2 :) 
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    doomsdaydave11 , July 24, 2008 6:32 PM
    :o 
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    gm0n3y , July 24, 2008 6:34 PM
    Why release it in September when its not going to actually be available until October? Is that even technically considered a release?
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    shadowthor , July 24, 2008 6:36 PM
    probably samples will be released during september for reviews to hype the nehalem launch. xizel1 quit spamming.
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    gm0n3y , July 24, 2008 7:19 PM
    @xizel1,

    Yes, I'm sure Intel is very afraid of AMD. They know that AMD is just pretending to suck badly so that they can pounce on Intel once their guard is down.
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    DXRick , July 24, 2008 7:20 PM
    How will the triple channel DDR3 memory thing be handled? Will we start seeing 3 packs of DDR3 1G and 2G (3G and 6G total)? It wouldn't make much sense to only get 3x .5G sticks.
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    elerick , July 24, 2008 7:21 PM
    I've got to be honest I feel both Intel and AMD, I have had a 3.8ghz Air cooled 6300 for over two years. Is it even worth my time to hope that this new chip stock 2.93 beats mine in gaming, etc? I am bored with my old stuff I want something exciting and new is this it?
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    cjl , July 24, 2008 7:38 PM
    I'm looking forward to this :D 

    As soon as this is released, I'll be building a system, probably with a 4870x2.
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    Fadamor , July 24, 2008 7:43 PM
    The CPU and mobos will be released in September, but they won't be "IN CHANNEL" until early October. That just means it's going to be some weeks after release before it hits all the stores in quantity. If you're near one of the distributors, you probably will be able to get one in September.
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    cjl , July 24, 2008 7:44 PM
    It's sooner than I was expecting, which is good enough for me.
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    warezme , July 24, 2008 8:14 PM
    WOOHOO!, I'm ready, let me at it!!!
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    dragunover , July 24, 2008 8:17 PM
    FadamorThe CPU and mobos will be released in September, but they won't be "IN CHANNEL" until early October. That just means it's going to be some weeks after release before it hits all the stores in quantity. If you're near one of the distributors, you probably will be able to get one in September.

    Pretty much I'm thinking what happened with the Wolfdales.Supply/Demand is out of ratio.Anyways,I want that sexy beast.
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    njalterio , July 24, 2008 8:21 PM
    I hope the Nehalem release lowers DDR3 prices. I want to move to Vista, but that is not happening until I have more than 2 GB of RAM.
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    eklipz330 , July 24, 2008 8:36 PM
    ddr3 prices will come down quickly...
    prices for ddr3 one year ago were appalling, and they're rather decent now
    they should be even better by january
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    thomasxstewart , July 24, 2008 8:59 PM
    Its BUY Situation for rest of '8 & probably lot longer. as dunnington just NOT priced for builder. AMD has Bulldozer somewhere, if theres AMD then. So this is Power item at reasonable price. Silly NOT to Buy, as little else will be available for?Years?.

    Signed:p HYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.
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    grieve , July 24, 2008 8:59 PM
    time to sell some of the kids toys to get me some new toys... Nehalem looks promissing, 20-30% is a large gain. I was expecting something more like 8-11% with the initial processor release.
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    kelfen , July 24, 2008 9:35 PM
    :o  wow This is great news!!
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