Though Intel shipped us its H55-based Tom Cove board for this launch, we went with Asus' P7H57D-Evo for our test platform, as the Asus board is loaded with overclocking options. Its dual PCI Express x16 slots also proved useful for confirming that H57 does, in fact, support multi-card configurations with a Lynnfield-based CPU installed.
I really like the improvements Larrabee brought about....not! I do like the fact they are making progress but they really need to skip ahead a few generations or buy out some other company to design a GPU for themselves.
I'm looking to upgrade from my Athlon X2 @ 2.7GHz because I do more with the computer now than I did before - sometimes I'll play a game while my TV tuner is recording from my cable signal, and having more cores would help these multiple tasks run more smoothly.
I was waiting until the Clarkdale-based i5 launched, thinking it would be a quad-core that was more competitively priced against the Phenom II X4, but it looks like a Phenom II X4 is my only option to get more cores for less money.
The only good news coming out of this launch is that LGA1156 is not changing for the Clarkdale chips, so it looks to be the most future-proof platform to upgrade to, if one was so inclined. I'm personally going with a Phenom II since I can get one without changing motherboards. This is one of the more disappointing launches in the last year or so.
eklipz330can i ask why you teased us at the end with the 4.5ghz OC but didn't include them in the benchmarks? =
We have another overclocking piece planned--I wanted to get a Core i3, at least, to include :)
I would love to see what GTA IV would do do the dual cores in gaming! I do know that its a bear of a game on the CPU and it would truly show off if hyperthreading could actually make a major difference.