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Clarkdale IGP Detailed, Tested

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Intel's upcoming "Clarkdale" is special for two reasons: it is the first 32 nm based processor from Intel, and that it's the first processor that comes with a graphics processor built in, something AMD conceptualized a long time ago. Under the hood (read: integrated heat-spreader), Clarkdale is a busy package, that holds a CPU complex die (that houses the main processing cores, cache, a dual-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, and a Quickpath interconnect controller, that connects the die to its neighbor, a northbridge-iGraphics die that houses most northbridge components including a PCI-Express 2.0 root complex, the star-attraction IGP and a DMI connection to the "platform controller hub (PCH)".

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Cool.

But im not getting it.(as solely a gamer):)
 
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Someone needs to get that guy in the picture a pair of tweezers.
 

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yes the famous intel graphics,they always make me laugh:laugh:
 

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Christ. Make your product lineup ever MORE complicated, why don't you? This whole generation from Intel is just getting silly.
 
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my core 2 still has to give his things ;)
 

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Hmm was hoping for something with a bit more oomph :(

Off topic but check that dude's eyebrows in the first pic there huuuuge.
 
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lolz eyebrow crazyness you could flip that dude over and use him as a broom lol i want to see him with 1 eyebrow shaved off to see the contrast :)

aside from that more stuff coming out, im not sure i can see these selling lots in the first year, I mean most peoples c2, c2q, PHenII and i7's are more than enough, but who knows.
 

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lol at everyone talking about his eyebrows.
 

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I would have liked to have had slightly more performance from this new generation of iGPU, but this will do. It certainly hit the design goals as long as it does 2 h264 streams and aero just fine.

The 661's TDP jumped by so much not because it uses that much, but because 87W is the next "standard" TDP Intel wants for this generation.

Im not seeing which chip (533Mhz/733Mhz/900Mhz) was benchmarked.
 
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:laugh: I got a good one over the 100pt increase in gpu score in vantage. Intel needs to take some marketing expertise from nVidia. At least they make most people believe that you're getting some improvement from that 4th gpu rebadge. :roll:

I would have liked to have had slightly more performance from this new generation of iGPU, but this will do. It certainly hit the design goals as long as it does 2 h264 streams and aero just fine.

The 661's TDP jumped by so much not because it uses that much, but because 87W is the next "standard" TDP Intel wants for this generation.

Im not seeing which chip (533Mhz/733Mhz/900Mhz) was benchmarked.
Most would be better off getting a quad Lynnfield and a low end 9 series nVidia, or 4 series ATI, card if that's all anyone is concerned about. Way better off than the Intel "option". Intel's new graphics slogan should be Clarkdale, the reason why we are again a force in the IGP market. :laugh:
 
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I agree. Not the best for desktop but for Laptop/netbook it would be a great option.
 

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someone quickly smack those caterpillars off his face before they eat away at his eyes!
 

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Real men have big eyebrows. You're all just jealous.

And I think it's cool that they can cram all these things on a single chip, but I'm not sure about the point of it. Cutting production costs and all that, but still..
 

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Most would be better off getting a quad Lynnfield and a low end 9 series nVidia, or 4 series ATI, card if that's all anyone is concerned about. Way better off than the Intel "option". Intel's new graphics slogan should be Clarkdale, the reason why we are again a force in the IGP market. :laugh:
sure, because business and non-gamers need a quad and a gaming behemoth GPU. Clarkdale's iGPU works just fine for their uses. More laptops are being sold than desktops, making arrandale the more important chip of the duals.

I like how the chart says 87W, the text says 89W, and the reasonable number is 82W (same as the LP quads).
 
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IGP? Where? Is it hidden under his eyebrows?
 
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i see it very nice solution for laptops
 
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i expected all in 1 chip ;with 2 they'll have a lot of faulty combination of these 2
 

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It has been confusing to most people for many years, even the average IT guy (including myself) has to look up specs at times to know what the hell they're talking about. Naming schemes went downhill when they decided there should be more variety than just clock speed.
 
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...the first processor that comes with a graphics processor built in, something AMD conceptualized a long time ago.
CPUs have been processing graphics for a long time. In fact, it is only relatively recently that graphics processing has been done by a dedicated GPU.

Think Apple I, II, 8-bit computing, all graphics were done directly by the CPU. There was a linear memory map that the CPU shared between "programs, "OS", "data" and "graphics". It was the Amiga that was the first computer to do hardware acceleration outside of the CPU.

For PCs, it was mostly Windows that drove the implementation of hardware graphics... due to the massive amounts of data that needed to be moved around to create and drag windows etc. MS developed Windows API and the rest is 2D history.

The next gen. of GPUs were driven by 3D games. :)

The point about sticking separate purpose dies into one package is however true. But I wonder what came first: the idea of sticking 2 identical dies together (as in dual core computing) or the idea of sticking 2 asymetric dies together (as in one CPU and one GPU).


Oophs! Someone made a graphical typo... shouldnt there be an example on the RHS including the GPU when talking about Clarkdale? LOL. Brilliant engineers at Intel. Sh17, l4zy or stup1d marketing team.
 
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But those CPU's didn't have graphic accelerators at all, right? This is a dedicated GPU on a processor.