Monday, May 25th 2009

Intel Core i5 Lynnfield 2.66 GHz Tested

Intel's quad-core Core i5 2.66 GHz processor based on the Lynnfield core, was tested on an Intel reference-design P55 motherboard (DIBX_CRB) by forum members of XFastest. The processor accompanies 2.80 GHz and 2.93 GHz variants higher up in the series, and is expected to be priced at US $196.

The test bed was put through 3DMark Vantage (Performance and eXtreme settings), Cinebench R10, Queen, Photoworxx and AES tests of Everest. The GPU is of little relevance, as the CPU test 1 is what is to be looked at. At Queen, the setup with 4 cores and HyperThreading enabled, edged a dual-Xeon L5320 (8 cores) setup. It proved to be roughly 25% faster than Core 2 Extreme QX9650 at Photoworxx, and scored marginally higher than it AES. More pictures of the motherboard at the source.

Source: XFastest
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64 Comments on Intel Core i5 Lynnfield 2.66 GHz Tested

#1
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Mussels said:
so why do they cost more? i meant win in a sarcastic way
All I can think of is tariffs imposed by the Australian government on technology goods. I'm not familiar with Australian law so I'm not certain on that.
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MRCL
FordGT90Concept said:
All I can think of is tariffs imposed by the Australian government on technology goods. I'm not familiar with Australian law so I'm not certain on that.
OR the fact that Australia is a big island floating there way off in the ocean. Shipping all the stuff there might have some influence.
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#3
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Container ship is the cheapest (albeit slowest) way to ship goods. Since most of Australia's population is close to a coast, I can't imagine it being more expensive to ship than say, me, who lives at least 600 miles from any significant body of water (the Great Lakes) even when the product is being manufactured on the other side of the planet. XD

Also, processors are very light and volume goes by standardized container size. In either case, shipping a processor is well under a $1 from what the end user pays.

Tariffs are really the only thing that can explain it. That, or there's no competition down there in terms of retailers so the few retailers that are there are in cahoots extorting the market. :x
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#4
MRCL
Okay, guess I was wrong about shipping then.
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
alexp999 said:
Thats cus Australia is closer to China/malaysia/etc than europe and the US, so there are lower shipping costs. :cool:
Japan has bad prices despite being close (920 costs ¥30800 or ~$325). You get an i7 920 in India for US $310. That's because Intel processors are made (fabbed, packaged, bundled with Chinese-made heatsink-fans) in Costa Rica, far from the Asian electronics belt, closest to US.
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#6
Sihastru
adrianx said:
mobo look like cheap one :) with standard capacitors.. :)

very low cost :)
It's just an Intel reference board.
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#7
Unregistered
fatguy1992 said:
Eww that mobo is fugly :shadedshu
Im assuming the motherboard is a pre release reference board, because the exact same thought popped into my mind :laugh:
#8
FilipM
How much does a Q9550/Q9650 score under in the CPU tests in Vantage? (no physx)
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#9
Duncan1
Yeah, the board is only a so called ''validation board'' or ''reference board'' so just don't look at it:D

File_1993 said:
How much does a Q9550/Q9650 score under in the CPU tests in Vantage? (no physx)
Q9650 scores around 12.1xx
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#10
Geofrancis
we need a clock for clock comparison 2.6ghz core2quad vs i7 vs i5
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#11
FilipM
Duncan1 said:
Yeah, the board is only a so called ''validation board'' or ''reference board'' so just don't look at it:D



Q9650 scores around 12.1xx
Atleast it is a bit of a step up compared to the C2Q series.
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#12
tigger
I'm the only one
In britain with the exchange rate,the I920 is $357,you guys get stuff so cheap in comparison.

I'm waiting on these I5 chips too,i'll only be ditching my 6750 then.
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#13
Haytch
Australia needs a manufacturing plant.

Tasmania and New Zealand have got to have some of the worlds best natural resources in combination with prime weather conditions for high quality fabrication of anything.

Its not like we use Tassi for anything already . . .

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I wouldnt mind seeing how 8 threads effects my overall day to day usage in an i5 rig. More so, i cant wait to see how this i5 runs with a GPU / ermm memory controller buzzzz.
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#14
lemonadesoda
i5 seems to be 20% faster than Core 2 Quad clock-for-clock on CPU intensive benchmarks, and FASTER in memory intensive benchmarks.

Great!

But NOT worth upgrading from Core 2 Quad if you have a good one already; unless you can and want to significantly OC it.

eg. you OC your Core 2 Quad by 30%. Now you want to OC your i5 by 50% (+20%) and get another +20% from the better CPU = 40% upgrade. That makes sense... you can pull a HIGHER OC from the i5. However, if you are running stock, or going to pull the same OC, then for a 20% improvement, it aint worth the spend

For a new PC this is clearly the way to go. i5 has 90% of what i7 can give, so the options that make sense are i5 for cheap or Nehalem-EP for CRUNCH.
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#15
MrAlex
*Phew* A Phenom II x4 920 scores P8033 with an 8800 Ultra....
Seems should be some hefty competition...
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#16
kid41212003
MrAlex said:
*Phew* A Phenom II x4 920 scores P8033 with an 8800 Ultra....
Seems should be some hefty competition...
Mr Alex you need to look at the CPU score :laugh:.
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MrAlex
kid41212003 said:
Mr Alex you need to look at the CPU score :laugh:.
Oops, CPU score was 11929. Dammit..Core i5 beat it...but I guess it has an edge with DDR3/HT
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#18
Weer
Mussels said:
australia wins again
You people should all consider yourselves lucky. In Israel, 920's start at 400$, and that's US$, not Australian or Canadian.
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#19
yogurt_21
lets hope the motherboard come in reasonably priced. you cna get an i7 920 fr 200$ from microcenter on sale, then bundle that with a 180$ motherboards from the egg and 60$ ddr3 and you've got a 440$ upgrade to i7.

with this being that same 200$ for the cpu lets hope the p55 motherboards have a top range at the 150$ marks and an average of 100-120$
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#20
Assimilator
Yep that looks like a reference Intel board - Intel still uses electrolytic caps on their boards.

Hmmm, looks like I may be jumping on the i5/i7 bandwagon sooner than I thought. :D
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#21
Unregistered
Weer said:
You people should all consider yourselves lucky. In Israel, 920's start at 400$, and that's US$, not Australian or Canadian.
+1
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#22
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Weer said:
You people should all consider yourselves lucky. In Israel, 920's start at 400$, and that's US$, not Australian or Canadian.
And Intel has an Israeli branch there. XD
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#23
Hayder_Master
Psychoholic said:
Looks like they have it disabled, it would be more than 13K CPU if they were using physx.
if it is , that's mean it is beat many LGA775 quad's
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#24
sethk
The i920 costs about $280+ in the US everywhere except MicroCenter. Even at MicroCenter the deals (when available - which is quite often) are usually for in-store bought CPUs only, and there aren't that many MicroCenter stores around the country. It's their loss leader to get people in the store, they charge more than internet prices for most of their equipment, but usually have great deals on CPUs. Most people buy mobos, cases etc with their new CPU, evening out the deal (I guess). Before the i920, they were known for their deals on the Q6600 and the Q9450, always the 'sweet spot' CPU of the time.

So compare prices to ~$290 in the US for the i920. And back to topic, I'm wondering how the i5 compares to the i7 clock for clock. Comparing it to Core 2 based CPUs while interesting is not enough info for me.
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#25
Melvis
MRCL said:
OR the fact that Australia is a big island floating there way off in the ocean. Shipping all the stuff there might have some influence.
Yea that could be it, but the fact is that EVERYTHING here in Australia is more expensive not just computer parts, it goes for food, and house bills, Electricity, land rates, Dentist ($300 a tooth pull) and fuel/Gas etc just every day stuff, you name it, it be more expensive, air flight tickets, i just payed for my GF flight here to Australia it cost me $1400 to pay for her flight, if i was to get the same ticket over here to send me over there it be closer to $3500 :shadedshu

We just live in the most rip off country i can think of lol
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