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Intel Core i7 (Nehalem): Architecture By AMD?

Conclusion

Conroe laid strong foundations and Nehalem builds on them. It has the same efficient architecture, but it’s now much more modular and scalable, which should guarantee success in the different market segments. We’re not saying that Nehalem revolutionizes the Core architecture, but it does revolutionize the Intel platform, which has now once again become a formidable match for AMD in terms of design and surpassed its competitor in terms of implementation.

With all the improvements made at this level (integrated memory controller, QPI), it’s not really surprising that the changes to the execution core are purely incremental. But the return of Hyper-Threading is significant and there are several little optimizations that should guarantee a notable gain in performance compared to Penryn at equal frequencies.

Clearly, the greatest gains will be in situations where memory was the main bottleneck. In reading this article, you’ve probably noticed that this is the area the engineers have focused their attentions on. In addition to the integrated memory controller, which will undoubtedly produce the biggest gains where memory access is concerned, there’s a raft of other improvements, both big and small—the new cache and TLB hierarchies, unaligned memory access and prefetchers.

After all these theoretical considerations, the next step will be to see if the improvements in actual applications will live up to the expectations that the new architecture has aroused. We’ll look into that in a series of upcoming articles, so stay tuned!

  • cl_spdhax1
    good write-up, cant wait for the new architecture , plus the "older" chips are going to become cheaper/affordable. big plus.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    No explaination as to why you can't use performance modules with higher voltage though.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    AuDioFreaK39TomsHardware is just now getting around to posting this?Not to mention it being almost a direct copy/paste from other articles I've seen written about Nehalem architecture.I regard being late as a quality seal really. No point being first, if your info is only as credible as stuff on inquirer. Better be last, but be sure what you write is correct.
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  • cangelini
    AuDioFreaK39TomsHardware is just now getting around to posting this?Not to mention it being almost a direct copy/paste from other articles I've seen written about Nehalem architecture.
    Perhaps, if you count being translated from French.
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  • randomizer
    Yea, 13 pages is quite alot to translate. You could always use google translation if you want it done fast :kaola:
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  • Duncan NZ
    Speaking of french... That link on page 3 goes to a French article that I found fascinating... Would be even better if there was an English version though, cause then I could actually read it. Any chance of that?

    Nice article, good depth, well written
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  • neiroatopelcc
    randomizerYea, 13 pages is quite alot to translate. You could always use google translation if you want it done fast I don't know french, so no idea if it actually works. But I've tried from english to germany and danish, and viseversa. Also tried from danish to german, and the result is always the same - it's incomplete, and anything that is slighty technical in nature won't be translated properly. In short - want it done right, do it yourself.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    I don't think cangelini meant to say, that no other english articles on the subject exist.
    You claimed the article on toms was a copy paste from another article. He merely stated that the article here was based on a french version.
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  • enewmen
    Good article.
    I actually read the whole thing.
    I just don't get TLP when RAM is cheap and the Nehalem/Vista can address 128gigs. Anyway, things have changed a lot since running Win NT with 16megs RAM and constant memory swapping.
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  • cangelini
    I can't speak for the author, but I imagine neiro's guess is fairly accurate. Written in French, translated to English, and then edited--I'm fairly confident they're different stories ;)
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