So tech enthusiasts across the globe are starting to get sneak peeks at Intel’s upcoming Nehalem-based Core i7 launch, and so far, things are looking very good indeed.
PCWorld in Greece managed to get one each of the soon-to-be-released Core i7 920, 940 and the 965 Extreme Edition. Based on preliminary testing, it looks as if all three chips are essentially better than any other quad core CPU out there. The Core 2 Quad QX9770 did manage to pull ahead over the i7 920 in a couple of tests, but it’s definitely a neck-and-neck battle.
What’s important to keep in mind is that while these chips are faster, the gains only add a little over ten percent or so, and probably won’t make much of a difference in everyday computing or gaming. The differences are substantial enough, however, that businesses who make a living crunching serious numbers — like 3d modelling, for example — will definitely benefit from the extra power.
The new processors launch on November 17th along with an updated chipset as well as requirements for system builders. The Core i7 920 will be clocked at 2.66GHz and run $284, the 940 will be clocked at 2.93GHz and cost $562, and the 965 Extreme Edition will be clocked at 3.2GHz and run $999, give or take a few bucks. The processor won’t be the only extra cost involved, unfortunately. System builders will also require new motherboards to support the LGA1366 socket as well as (in all likelihood) DDR3 RAM, which is still significantly more expensive than its DDR2 counterpart.