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Intel: Nehalem

CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested
By , Achim Roos

Intel’s Nehalem architecture is partially based on an advanced Core design. These flexible 45 nm desktop CPUs are available as Core i3, i5, and i7 versions, and include two, four, or six cores.

The first Nehalem-based CPUs hit the market in 2008 under the code name Bloomfield. The quad-core family of CPUs sold as Core i7 and dropped into Intel's LGA 1366 interface. The company followed up with a mainstream incarnation code-named Lynnfield toward the end of 2009. Lynnfield-based chips also sported four cores, but surfaced under the Core i5 Core i7 brands, and leveraged an LGA 1156 interface.

Nehalem at 45 nm was succeeded by Westmere (32 nm) at the beginning of 2010. The architectural update materialized as the dual-core Clarkdale design for mainstream desktops and the hexa-core Gulftown configuration for enthusiasts.

Westmere was replaced by Sandy Bridge in 2011.

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Benchmarked Intel Nehalem-Based CPUs:

NehalemCode NameRev.Manufacturing
Process

SocketNumber of
Cores
Clock
Frequency
L2 CacheL3 CacheMemory
Controller
TDP

Core i3-530

Clarkdale

C2

32 nm

1156

2

2.93 GHz

2 x 256 KB

4 MB

on-package up to DDR3-1333

73 W

Core i5-661

Clarkdale

C2

32 nm

1156

2

3.33 GHz

2 x 256 KB

4 MB

on-package up to DDR3-1333

87 W

Core i5-670

Clarkdale

C2

32 nm

1156

2

3.47 GHz

2 x 256 KB

4 MB

on-package up to DDR3-1333

73 W

Core i5-750

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

2.67 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

95 W

Core i5-750S

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

2.4 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

82 W

Core i5-760

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

2.8 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

95 W

Core i7-860

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

2.8 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

95 W

Core i7-870

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

2.93 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

95 W

Core i7-875K

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

2.93 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

95 W

Core i7-880

Lynnfield

B1

45 nm

1156

4

3.07 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1333

95 W

Core i7-920

Bloomfield

C1

45 nm

1366

4

2.67 Ghz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-930

Bloomfield

D0

45 nm

1366

4

2.8 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-960

Bloomfield

D0

45 nm

1366

4

3.2 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-970

Gulftown

B1

32 nm

1366

6

3.2 GHz

6 x 256 KB

12 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-975

Extreme Edition

Bloomfield

D0

45 nm

1366

4

3.33 GHz

4 x 256 KB

8 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-980

Gulftown

B1

32 nm

1366

6

3.33 GHz

6 x 256 KB

12 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-980X

Gulftown

B1

32 nm

1366

6

3.33 GHz

6 x 256 KB

12 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

Core i7-990X

Gulftown

B1

32 nm

1366

6

3.47 GHz

6 x 256 KB

12 MB

integrated up to DDR3-1066

130 W

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  • 49 Hide
    amdfangirl , December 24, 2012 3:18 AM
    Sometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 24, 2012 3:46 AM
    Great benchmarks.
    But i want some processors which were legendary overclockers, and representatives of their generation of CPU's, included with a nominal OC :

    intel C2D E7300 : 2.66- > 3.33
    Intel C2Q Q6600 : 2.4- > 3.0ghz
    Intel i5-750 : 2.66 - >3.33

    Its highly likely that a person has owned at least one of these CPU's. I want to know how well these compare to modern processors.
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    johnsonjohnson , December 24, 2012 3:29 AM
    Sandy and Ivy i3s are MIA.
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  • 49 Hide
    amdfangirl , December 24, 2012 3:18 AM
    Sometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
  • 7 Hide
    Anonymous , December 24, 2012 3:24 AM
    Where are the Visual Studio Test results?
  • 20 Hide
    johnsonjohnson , December 24, 2012 3:29 AM
    Sandy and Ivy i3s are MIA.
  • 10 Hide
    emperor piehead , December 24, 2012 3:30 AM
    Why is the fx6300 missing i wanted to see how it fit into this
  • 2 Hide
    jupiter optimus maximus , December 24, 2012 3:36 AM
    Thanks Toms, now i know that i can get double the performance and 3/4 the power consumption going from AMD 955 to a Core i5 3570K.
  • 23 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , December 24, 2012 3:46 AM
    Great benchmarks.
    But i want some processors which were legendary overclockers, and representatives of their generation of CPU's, included with a nominal OC :

    intel C2D E7300 : 2.66- > 3.33
    Intel C2Q Q6600 : 2.4- > 3.0ghz
    Intel i5-750 : 2.66 - >3.33

    Its highly likely that a person has owned at least one of these CPU's. I want to know how well these compare to modern processors.
  • 6 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , December 24, 2012 3:52 AM
    And please update the Winrar to version 4.2 . The 3.9 you are using is quite old and has poor multithreading.
  • 6 Hide
    bak0n , December 24, 2012 4:00 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.

    I always wish this. Beyond that the AM3 Athlon X2's are still being sold at newegg and the Phenom X2's are not...
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    Soma42 , December 24, 2012 4:00 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.


    Agreed, maybe just one dual core and one quad? q9550 and e6850? not that I still own both of those or anything...

    But let's do some math. Just for a rough order of magnitude I figure an average of 15% increase in performance per clock cycle, per generation (not including clock speed, number of cores, etc.). So if we start back at Conroe and work our way to present day Ivy Bridge, that's 5 new generations of processors. 1.15^5 = 2.01

    Which means that an Ivy Bridge CPU at the same speed as a Conroe CPU (2006ish) is about 2x as fast per clock cycle, on average. Once you take into account faster clock speeds, number of cores, cache sizes, integrated memory controllers, etc. and more importantly what software will be used with the CPUs the real world performance difference could be almost nothing to somewhere around 10-15x as fast.

    I digress. The point being, is I would like to see some more benchies Tom's! Prove me wrong!
  • 16 Hide
    flyflinger , December 24, 2012 4:01 AM
    Lot of great info here, but missing Core i3 info leaves a big hole in the data point. Please add.
  • 8 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , December 24, 2012 4:09 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.

    Yes! Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU owner here.
  • 3 Hide
    Onikage , December 24, 2012 4:14 AM
    A Proud Owner of 2700K here !
    i'll skip ivy and Haswell as well with this Sensational Cpu at 4.6Ghz
  • 15 Hide
    EzioAs , December 24, 2012 4:14 AM
    I believe the i5-2500K has a 95W TDP instead of 65W.
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    Sumukh_Bhagat , December 24, 2012 4:16 AM
    This is very Helpful. Now I knew that I did a very good work upgrading to 3470. ;) 
    There should be i3 3220 too. Really wanted to know about that.
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    A Bad Day , December 24, 2012 4:21 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.


    Throw in a Pentium 4 as a reminder to those folks who still think they can run BF3 on a 1.8 GHz Willamette.


    And as for fun, there should've been a CPU rendering test. Windows 7 has a function that allows a CPU do to DX10 graphics, completely bypassing the GPU. The only obviously issue that CPUs are terrible compared to GPUs when it comes to graphics.

    http://www.istartedsomething.com/20081126/direct3d-warp10-to-enable-you-to-play-dx10-crysis-using-software-renderer-only-albeit-slowly/
  • 12 Hide
    tomfreak , December 24, 2012 4:43 AM
    amdfangirlSometimes I wish you updated legacy CPUs like the Core 2 Duo or even perhaps the Athlon 64 X2 series, just one or two models so that people upgrading can have an idea how much faster the CPU is in relation to their new purchase.
    Agreed, 1 Core 2 duo/quad 65nm & Core 2 duo/quad 45nm.

    There is no need to bench 2600K/2700K & Core i5-2300/Core i5-2310, just one of the 2 set will do, because we all know their performance is close to identical.
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    nebun , December 24, 2012 4:58 AM
    amd has a lot of work to do
  • 11 Hide
    JebbyC , December 24, 2012 5:14 AM
    Is it just me or are the Mafia II frame rates really low?
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    Cryio , December 24, 2012 5:18 AM
    Why are there no Vishera CPUs in the charts?
  • 9 Hide
    Cryio , December 24, 2012 5:19 AM
    "Of course, as we all know now, the Piledriver-based Vishera parts are available, and have been since late October. Worry not; we are in the process of running several more processors based on Piledriver through the same suite of benchmarks, and will be updating the charts soon"

    Sorry, didn't get to read that :D 
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