Intel Officially Launches 32nm Core i3, i5, i7

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amd still has the lower price points, though i would like to see a comparison of the two i3's against the Athlon II x4 and the Phenom II x2 as they are priced similarly and im curious if intels cheaper models can maintain good performance or if they are so much cheaper that they fall short of their direct AMD competition.
 
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Damn... i hope my buyer wont see this news... or he wont buy my used e7400 for 120$ lol
 

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I'm writing this on a well used 3 year old Dell D820 with a Core 2 2.00Ghz processor and discrete graphics. More speed would be nice but the machine has gotten the job done. I vowed I wouldn't consider a new machine until a whole new generation of processors appeared. Now it's the same familiar problem, how to figure out the differences between what I've got and the new stuff.
 

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[citation][nom]caparc[/nom]I'm writing this on a well used 3 year old Dell D820 with a Core 2 2.00Ghz processor and discrete graphics. More speed would be nice but the machine has gotten the job done. I vowed I wouldn't consider a new machine until a whole new generation of processors appeared. Now it's the same familiar problem, how to figure out the differences between what I've got and the new stuff.[/citation]


4.5 year old Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 939, with an upgraded 8800GTX. This thing has only recently started to show its age. Dragon Age @ 1920x1200 with everything turned up was stuttering a bit (okay, more then a bit).

Perhaps 2010 is the year to upgrade. I got my tax return burning a hole in my pocket and I don't even have it yet. I sure would like to see Fermi come out before I make some decisions though.
 

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[citation][nom]hunter315[/nom]amd still has the lower price points, though i would like to see a comparison of the two i3's against the Athlon II x4 and the Phenom II x2 as they are priced similarly and im curious if intels cheaper models can maintain good performance or if they are so much cheaper that they fall short of their direct AMD competition.[/citation]
Found a review that compares the new Intel cpus with quite a few core 2 and phenom II/athlon II processors.
Even though that review doesn't have Core i3 530, it has Core i3 540, Core i5 661, Pentium G6950, Athlon II X3 435, Athlon II X4 630, Phenom II X2 550, Phenom II X4 925 and quite a few more.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/clarkdale-review_8.html
 
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"For the first time, there's a new family of Intel processors with the industry's most advanced technology available immediately at virtually every PC price point,"

At every price point from $200 to $1000 that is.

Granted, I spotted three processors in that list that were priced lower than ~$200 but I feel the point makes itself.

Much as they are great processors, in all but price, I'd rather buy an AMD 965 BE or an Intel i5 750 for far less than these glorified dual-cores. 32nm or not, despte the on-package IGP, Intel has to realize that there's no such thing as a high-end dual-core anymore.

The S1156, 32nm 2.8GHz Pentium G6950 seems to be the only winner at ~$90 from local e-tailers. No idea what the MSRP is though.
 
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The desktop i5 660 and 661 are looking to be very close.
at first sight the 661 seems better as the graphics frequency is at 900 vs the 660 has the Gfreq at 700.
I wonder for application if the CPU on the 661 would be slower than the 660 or not in turbo boost, since the graphics chip is clocked higher and therefor probably is emitting more heat!
 

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As things gets smaller and better performance, the 32nm CPU will have shorter or even much shorter lifespan than those higher nm CPUs because of diffusion. I remember 10 years ago, a laptop can usually last more than 10 years old. But now, a laptop can hardly last more than 3 years. Although lifespan is not a serious concern as technology advances rapidly, but it should neither be too much neglected.
 

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tortnotes:They're calling the top-end dual cores i7 now? Sad.

Quite usual tactics, work in a brand as high end then slowly push it to the budget sector fooling customers on the way thinking they bought the ferrari. Then the next generation products show up with a new name and cycle repeats... Tic-Toc anyone ? =)
 

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[citation][nom]JasonAkkerman[/nom]4.5 year old Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 939, with an upgraded 8800GTX. This thing has only recently started to show its age. Dragon Age @ 1920x1200 with everything turned up was stuttering a bit (okay, more then a bit). Perhaps 2010 is the year to upgrade.[/citation]

Todays prices on powerful CPUs is very nice. Things will happen faster (loading, windows, scans). A $100 CPU with $100 AMD CPU of 4GB DDR3 memory, a new SATA drive, maybe a $150 SSD just for Windows7 OS along with an ATI 5700 or 5800 video card... should last you a while :)

 
[citation][nom]JasonAkkerman[/nom]4.5 year old Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 939, with an upgraded 8800GTX. This thing has only recently started to show its age. Dragon Age @ 1920x1200 with everything turned up was stuttering a bit (okay, more then a bit). Perhaps 2010 is the year to upgrade. I got my tax return burning a hole in my pocket and I don't even have it yet. I sure would like to see Fermi come out before I make some decisions though.[/citation]

Well, I got my Athlon64 X2 4400+ (@2.5-ish Ghz, FSB225, 2GB RAM, DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-D) with a Radeon 4890 and nothing seems to slow down for me @1920x1080. Just squeeze a little more juice from it and you'll be fine :p

Cheers!
 

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4GB? Up that to...6-8 on a 64 bit system and the RAM would keep up for a couple of years at most. Yes, I actually do mean couple, as in, 2.
 

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My 3.0 Ghz Pentium D is still kicking. My problem with Intel lately is the haziness on what the sockets are going to be and if they will be the standard for a few years (like the 775 socket). They have the 1156 now but they talk about 1155 taking over soon. I'll wait and see. Another few months isn't going to kill me.
 

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[citation][nom]alvine[/nom]meh im happy with my q6600@3.4gz and i wont be upgrading till 2011[/citation]
Same here. My Q6600 @ 3.0GHz @ 1.2v is still fast and cool enough for me. I'll wait until the 32nm i7 or Sandybridge before upgrading.
 
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