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Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 03 November 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform
Intel Core i7: Platform Information
Nehalem Architecture
Intel DX58SO Motherboard
DX58SO 'Smackover' Features
Testing Methodology
3DMark System Tests
SANDRA 2009 System Tests
EVEREST Ultimate System Tests
POV Ray, SuperPi and WinRar Tests
Crysis and World in Conflict Tests
Intel Core i7 Final Thoughts

Intel Core i7 CPU

For the last several months the hottest topic on just about every venue for computer product information has been the forthcoming release of the new Intel Core i7, the first series of processors in the new Nehalem product line. There's not been a day out of that time frame that some prognosticator has not forecasted when we would see this product on the store shelves. Why so much fervor and hype? Well that's very simple, the Core i7 processors are reputed to literally smoke the current Core 2 Quad 45nm processors which literally rule high-end computing. Talk about getting an enthusiast's adrenaline flowing!

Fast forward to Sunday, November 2, 2008, which by the way happens to be today and also very special date in time both for all computer enthusiasts and also for us at Benchmark Reviews. At 9:00 PM PST we're finally able to put all the hype, myths and rumors to rest as the embargo on product information on the forthcoming release of the Intel Core i7 processor series has officially been lifted. Notice I used that word again, "forthcoming" and not that doesn't mean tomorrow this product will be available on the shelves of your favorite distributor on Monday morning. What it does mean is that because is that the sheer magnitude of launching an entirely new product line of this scope is a daunting task to the very least. Intel and their partners have chosen to phase in the launch meaning you should see it available for purchase sometime later in November.

Rather than allowing consumers to continue speculating about just what this new product line has to offer Intel has chosen to take the high road and has sent pre-release samples of the entire Core i7 system to selected review sites. It was then the job of these sites to garner as much information regarding this product line as possible in a relatively short time span and pass it on to our readers.

Intel Core i7 CPU Socket 1366 Processor and Intel DX58SO Smackover Extreme Edition X58 Motherboard Platform Performance Benchmark Test Comparison Review

DX58SO Smackover X58 Platform

We at Benchmark Reviews consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have been chosen by Intel as one of those review sites to showcase the Core i7 prior to its official launch. Once chosen our dilemma was how to best convey the myriad of information we ascertained to our readers. Obviously the best plan would be to release one all encompassing review of the entire product line. Because of time constraints this plan was impossible. After much deliberation we decided our best recourse was to present a series of reviews on this product line. In today's segment we will cover an overview of the technological aspects of the Core i7 processor series and the X58 motherboard that supports it. We'll test all three of the processors using a succinct series of benchmarks run a stock processor speeds and draw the necessary conclusions from their results. What else is left you might ask? Believe me when I say that's only scratching the surface. In future reviews we'll concentrate on individual product components and expound in much greater detail on that product's performance capabilities including overclocking.

About the Company: Intel

Intel Corporation is the world's largest semiconductor company founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, and widely associated with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove, Intel combines advanced chip design capability with a leading-edge manufacturing capability. Originally known primarily to engineers and technologists, Intel's successful "Intel Inside" advertising campaign of the 1990s made it and its Pentium processor household names.

Intel pushes the boundaries of innovation so our work can make people's lives more exciting, fulfilling, and manageable. And our work never stops. We never stop looking for the next leap ahead-in technology, education, culture, manufacturing, and social responsibility. And we never stop striving to deliver solutions with greater benefits for everyone. Intel is making PCs more accessible and affordable through innovative PC purchase programs. Through public and private collaboration, Intel has worked closely with government and industry leaders to develop more than 200 programs in 60 countries. With the onslaught of wireless broadband communication technologies like WiMAX, Wi-Fi, and 3G and wireline ADSL and cable, Intel in collaboration with local governments is connecting more people in more places than ever before-no matter how remote.

Intel is committed to improving education on a global scale. With an ongoing focus on students and teachers, we're making an impact with technology solutions that support the development of 21st Century skills, including digital literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking. As citizens use the Internet, the need to create localized content is the key. Intel-sponsored programs provide localized content and services to connect technologies to villages, suburbs, and cities around the world to deliver access to community information, education, and healthcare.



 

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# Retired computer builderCarl Stough 2010-07-01 15:04
This i7 is the most remarkable cpu I have had in my 30 plus year in computer building. It is very fast and seams to be flawles with many applications open at one time.
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