Friday, August 8th 2008

Nehalem Gets Named as the Core i7 Processor

According to the guys over at Expreview, Intel is naming its new Nehalem range of processors "Core i7".
There will be 3 Bloomfield to enter PC market later this year, and the 999USD top-of-the-line Bloomfield is the only Core i7 Extreme Edition processor current revealed.

All i7 processors and i7 Extreme Edition processor will be officially announced in Aug 11st, launch date set to Q4 this year.
Source: Expreview
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72 Comments on Nehalem Gets Named as the Core i7 Processor

#1
DarkMatter
by: alexp999
Taken from a comment at Expreview
And what about previous ones? Why would it start with the 386? I was young back then so I don't know a lot about them but wasn't the architectural difference between 486 and 386 bigger than between 286 and 386. Embedded Floating point unit comes to mind. If anything the 486 should be the first one in that series, or else the 286 or the 086. I fail to see the logic in that list...
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#2
Quest
G'day

Hey :),
Can anyone sum up the expected benefits of Nehalem for me... started reading a few articles... but (embarrassly) got lost it some of the hi-tech detail!:laugh:

Also, presumably this new arch will support existing O/S, games, etc?

As well, considering the wise-itude (yep, new word!) of jumping into a this new architecture on it's first arrival to the market against taking advantage of the almost certain price drop in existing (very good) stuff?

Sincerely
Quest
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#3
mdm-adph
by: tigger69
Should have called it oatibix. :p (only uk peeps might get this)

I7 though,what a name.
Oh no -- weetabix is far more horrible. I swear, I had never thought food could be more tasteless than when I took a trip to the UK and had weetabix.

...at least until I tasted Swedish Wasa crackers.

There's something wrong with you Europeans. :laugh:

Any anyway, what the hell is wrong with calling it the Core3?
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#4
mdm-adph
by: Quest
Hey :),
Can anyone sum up the expected benefits of Nehalem for me... started reading a few articles... but (embarrassly) got lost it some of the hi-tech detail!:laugh:

Also, presumably this new arch will support existing O/S, games, etc?

As well, considering the wise-itude (yep, new word!) of jumping into a this new architecture on it's first arrival to the market against taking advantage of the almost certain price drop in existing (very good) stuff?

Sincerely
Quest
No new architecture -- it's still x86. :p
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#5
Quest
... so nothing new? what's the deal... new name!?! Been a long time since I've hear 386 & 486.. still remember the rush to get one though!
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#6
newconroer
by: ShadowFold
Why don't we call the E8400/E7200's Penryn? Like you said its the architectures name.
Any chip from the introduction of the dual cores, up until now, I would call 'Core2' in terms of architecture, I didn't know there was anything else to call them?
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#7
alexp999
Staff
Its still based on the x86 instruction set. but it is new architecture.

There are now more pins on the CPU socket. (1366 vs 775)

Each core supports 2 threads instead of one.

The memory controller is now built in to the CPU


So this does deserve a new name. Think people were just expecting something a bit more exciting than Core i7 . As people have said, it doesnt really roll of the tongue quite as well as Core2Duo and Core2Quad

From Conroe to YorkField. They are all based on the same architecture but they vary by number of cores, amount of cache, clock speeds, and fab/ die size.
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#8
Quest
... so I guess the attraction of these new "i7's" (yeah, it's kind of a crappy name) will be that they are really, really fast... running the same software?
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#9
alexp999
Staff
by: Quest
... so I guess the attraction of these new "i7's" (yeah, it's kind of a crappy name) will be that they are really, really fast... running the same software?
According to early benchmarks, they are about 20% faster than the current fastest quad core. I'll get you some links.... Just realized it was you I gave the links to last time, lol. You had a look through em yet. I'll post em here again in case anybody else wants em.
Nehalem Info:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=65992

Bloomfield (CPU) Pricing:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=65775

Bloomfield Pre-view (benches):
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=65297

Intel SLI :D :
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=65448

Bloomfield Bench:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=65336

X58 (New Architecture) Mobo:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=65061

X58 Details:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=60050

Chip and Socket Pics:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=61716

^ All from news forum ;) ^
But just like quads now, it wont make as much difference as it potentially could cus most games are only written for upto two threads. You could always run four instances of a game on nehalem.

Its more to get the hardware out there for developers to use. Once Octo-cores come out they will theoretically have 16 threads! :eek:

Dev's really need to work on multi-threaded games to make the most of these chips processing power.
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#11
alexp999
Staff
by: evil bill
this company are gonna be pissed...........

http://www.i7media.com/co_whyi7.php

then again, a nice juicy payoff, and the ensuing publicity might soften the blow
Why are they gonna be pissed? Their trading name is i7 Media.

Intel Core i7

Cant see any lawsuits coming from this.
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#12
Kenshai
by: evil bill
this company are gonna be pissed...........

http://www.i7media.com/co_whyi7.php

then again, a nice juicy payoff, and the ensuing publicity might soften the blow
No where on their site do they have anything copyrighted or reserved. For all we know they don't actually have any of that set up, but hey I may be wrong.
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#13
WhiteLotus
by: Kenshai
No where on their site do they have anything copyrighted or reserved. For all we know they don't actually have any of that set up, but hey I may be wrong.
with todays current you have a name that we want we going to sue you attitude - i wont be surprised if this happens
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#14
evil bill
by: alexp999
Why are they gonna be pissed? Their trading name is i7 Media.

Intel Core i7

Cant see any lawsuits coming from this.
I was being tounge in cheek, but I think we have all seem examples of more frivlouous lawsuits so I wouldn't be awfully surprised............
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#15
Morgoth
i prefer to call it to the core name like bloomfield 2.66 ghz
if i hear the name i7 it reminds me of a mac product...
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#16
alexp999
Staff
by: evil bill
I was being tounge in cheek, but I think we have all seem examples of more frivlouous lawsuits so I wouldn't be awfully surprised............
K, fair enough lol. its friday afternoon after having worked all week, I'm not in best frame of mind to pick up on jokes. :p
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#17
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: vojc
i7 is 7th generation of "pentium" generation CPUs. ok last one is pentium 4, than u got c2d (i5), yorkfiled/wolfdale(i6) and nehalem is i7
Nope, your completly wrong. sorry but you are.

p4, pd, pd (version 2), c2d Conroe, new versions of c2d (yorkfiled/wolfdale) then nehalem. so not i7 for that reason..

any way its a gay name

I say
"hey m8, i got a new i7!"
m8 says
"WOAH!! NICE!... whats a i7?"
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#18
zithe
...Core 3 duo and core 3 quad would have worked fine, wouldn't it? This is retarded. Why not core 17 at least!?
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#19
Morgoth
why not keep it simple pentium naming?
why do you want to name it core 3 ?
core 2 is the architecture name..
why cant we just name it bloomfield..
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#20
PCpraiser100
by: alexp999
There is a nice pic of the logo on Expreview, if you follow the source link. I didnt include it in the main article as it has Expreview splashed across it and I don't know if the news guys would want that. Will wait to here from one of them.

I'm guessing blue is mainstream and black is extreme?
Cool logo, but Core 3 would've been better. Maybe this name isn't official yet. I like these CPUs and the 1366 socket thats coming up though. Unique slots for easier installation, ridiculously low voltage, a legacy of lower fabrications than today's 45nm cores, and a bundle of transistors for an even bigger OC bonus. Glad I heard about this cause I was thinking about upgrading lol.
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#21
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: SK-1
Sounds like Apple started making CPU's.
hehe the iquad and iocta or the icore
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#23
candle_86
the i740 came to mind as soon as i read this, i dont know why
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#24
candle_86
by: TheGuruStud
ESPN 8? :laugh:
you guys watch to much dodgeball
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#25
OnBoard
Agree with the rest i7 sounds bad, Core3 suggestions are way better. Why would you want you newest and baddest processor to sound something that Apple payed money for and not use the Core2 brand (in Core3) that everyone already recognizes.

by: tigger69
Should have called it oatibix. :p (only uk peeps might get this)
Eeew, Oatibix is awful, Weetabix FTW!

by: mdm-adph
Oh no -- weetabix is far more horrible. I swear, I had never thought food could be more tasteless than when I took a trip to the UK and had weetabix.

...at least until I tasted Swedish Wasa crackers.

There's something wrong with you Europeans. :laugh:
You have done it wrong! Take 2 pieces of Weetabix, one teaspoon of sugar on top of them. Then fill the plate half full with 1.5% milk. Wait for the milk to get sucked in to the bix's and eat them before they get too squishy. Taste is awesome and keeps hunger away for a long time.

Agree you with the WasaBröd (näkkileipä here). Every school child is tortured with them (or was before). Now there are more bread choices. But it also can taste good if you butter it a bit and but cheese slices on top and then overnight to the fridge in a plastic bag. It will come soft and tasty (I don't like hard bread :p). And those who like WasaBröd go "eew, the crunchy is the point!" now :D
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