Intel Core i7, the newest processor family in town, is now available in the US Market. It is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture and built on a 45 nm process.
If you’re aware of the Tick-Tock method of Intel, Core i7 is the tick stage. The ‘tock’ part will come soon with codename Westmere and will be utilizing the 32nm process.
Core i7 has the ff. new features/technologies:
- Quad-core technology –> native, unlike the Intel Core 2 Quad
- Hyper-threading –> 2 threads for each core
- Turbo Boost technology –> translate the power budget from unused/off core to increase frequency of the core in use
- QuickPath interconnect –> replaces the FSB
- LGA1366 socket –> replaces the old LGA775
- 8MB Smart Cache –> L3 cache on-die
- Integrated memory controller
Other notable features:
- 731 million transistors
- 263mm^2 die size
- 45 nm manufacturing process
The big question (more like a frustration) is WHEN will this be available locally. It’s only been a few years since the popularity of the Intel Core 2 Duo has dominated the local market, while the quad version Intel Core 2 Quad is still in testy waters until recently. But I’m glad it’s already out there.. Soon probably it will reach our shores. DDR3 and motherboard are still not cheap yet anyway.