Computing enthusiasts can gear up for the launch of new consumer desktop processors launched by Intel. The Core i7 and Xeon 3400 processor series offer the company’s latest Nehalem microarchitecture to mainstream desktop and entry server markets. Also, introduced along with the above two CPUs is the novel Core i5 processor.
The new Core i5 processor is exclusively crafted for users seeking an excellent performance in digital media, productivity, gaming and other demanding applications. This novel processor boasts of 2.66GHz clock speed along with the major features that are included in the new Lynnfield-based Core i7 parts.
In addition, the Core i5 750 processor can be paired with a P55 motherboard and a dual-channel DDR3 memory. It also adorns the company’s novel Turbo Boost technology. This feature effectively boosts the clock speed of a processor core, when other cores are not in use.
Next up, compatible with the new LGA1156 socket, the Core i7 processor series is available on all of the forthcoming P55 motherboards. This series is specially designed to offer users with an affordable choice for a desktop computer system. The Core i7 860 and Core i7 870, are the two new models rolled out by the company, with a factory-set clock speed of 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz, respectively. Although, when accompanied with Turbo Boost technology the two models offer speeds of up to 3.46GHz and 3.6GHz, respectively. Furthermore, in contrast to the Core i5 processor, the Core i7 processors support Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.
Lastly, the company’s new Xeon processors are particularly designed to work with the new 3400 and 3420 series of chipsets. The new lineup includes six new models namely Xeon X3470, Xeon X3460, Xeon X3450, Xeon X3440, Xeon X3430 and Xeon L3426.
The Xeon 3430, X3440, X3450, X3460 and X3470 all feature 95W TDP and clock speeds of 2.4GHz to 2.93GHz. These models also hold the capability to increase the speeds between 2.8GHz and 3.6GHz via the Turbo Boost technology. The Xeon L3426 offers a speed of 1.86GHz. All these models include four working cores with eight threads, though the X3430 comes with four cores with four threads.
All these CPUs have been designed to work with Intel’s new mainstream platform, the much-anticipated P55 chipset. The P55 is crafted to include up to eight PCIe 2.0 x1, 14 USB 2.0 ports and six SATA 3Gb/s ports. Finally, it’s configurable in RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations through the Intel’s Matrix Storage Technology.
The Intel Core i5 750 will be available for $196, while the Core i7 860 and Core i7 870 are priced at $284 and $562 respectively. The Xeon X3470, Xeon X3460, Xeon X3450 models are priced at $589, $316 and $241 respectively. Further, the Xeon X3440, Xeon X3430 and Xeon L3426 are priced at $215, $189 and $284 respectively.