Intel Introduces New Core i7, i5 Processors

After months of whispers, Intel today officially introduced the next major platform for its processors with the introduction of the Core i5 and updates to the Core i7 and Xeon 3400 series for mainstream desktop and entry server markets.

Formerly codenamed "Lynnfield," these new chips are based on Intel's award-winning Nehalem microarchitecture and are designed for consumers who need high-end performance for digital media, productivity, gaming and other demanding applications. These processors, along with the new Intel P55 express chipset, are available today.

The new Core i7 and i5 processors are the first Intel processors to integrate both a 16-lane PCI Express 2 graphics port and two-channel memory controller, enabling all input/output and manageability functions to be handled by the single-chip Intel P55 Express Chipset. Previous Intel chipsets required two separate chips – a northbridge and a southbridge.

Check out our three feature articles today for the full scoop:

Also see the video below for a little primer of what's so great about the new platform and chips:

Intro to Core i5/i7

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  • doomtomb
    You can see how he stumbles when he speaks... because Intel really made a mess with their naming convention. Core i7s on two different motherboard sockets is too confusing for mainstream.
  • Anonymous
    Woohoo!!! A new CPU that doesn't outperform the year-old Core i7, jacks up "mid-range" mobos up to price-points not seen in years, and features an on-die PCI-e controller, which apparently doesn't help and might actually hurt performance.

    Intel's marketing people are laughing at you right now, I'm sure some fanboys are going to "upgrade" their i7 920 to a newer i5 just to be part of the celebration...