Intel Introduces New Core i7 and First Core i5 Processors

Posted by at 6:54 pm on September 8, 2009

Intel today introduced several high-performance desktop and server processors today, the new Intel Core i5 processor family and two new Intel Core   i7 processors were part of the release.

New Intel Core Processors for Consumers

Formerly codenamed “Lynnfield,” these new chips are based on Intel’s award-winning Nehalem microarchitecture and are designed for consumers who need top-notch 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 top of the line Core i7 CPUS are headlined by the 2.8GHz i7 860 and 2.93GHz i7 870, both of which are quad-core models with 8MB of Level 2 cache but which use hyperthreading to handle as many as eight program tasks at once.

Core i5 starts with just one model, the 2.66GHz i5 750, but differs only in the absence of hyperthreading.

All three consume 95W of peak thermal power, feature Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology and are lead- and halogen-free.

Computers Just Got Smaller

The new chipset brings the most revolutionary design changes since the invention of the PCI bus in the early 1990s and sets the stage for Intel’s forthcoming 2010 computing platform. The Intel P55 Express Chipset will be the baseline building block component for motherboards worldwide, delivering great new levels of performance and scalability for everyone from the retail buyer to the technically savvy do-it-yourselfer.

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 new Direct Media Interface (DMI) connects between the processor and chipset. The chipset supports 8 PCI Express 2.0 x1 Ports (2.5GT/s) for flexible device support. Dual graphics cards are supported in a “2×8” configuration. The chipset also supports 6 SATA 3 Gb/s Ports with Intel   Matrix Storage Technology providing RAID levels 0/1/5/10. Up to 14 USB 2.0 Ports can be supported with the chipset’s integrated USB 2.0 Rate Matching Hub, along with Intel   High Definition Audio for premium digital sound. The new processors are the first to be supported by the new Land Grid Array (LGA) 1156 package and socket technology.

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