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Old 09-07-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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"Intel is launching a new CPU socket called LGA1156 with a new chipset, P55. The first three CPUs based on this new platform will be Core i5-750 (2.66 GHz), Core i7-860 (2.80 GHz) and Core i7-870 (2.93..."

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Old 09-08-2009, 05:04 AM   #2
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Out tests have a couple of known flaws. Socket 1366 Core i7 processors support triple-channel memory configuration, but we used them with dual-channel configuration, because otherwise we wouldn’t be able to match the amount of memory used with the other CPUs (e.g. to run them under triple channel we would need three 1 GB memory modules, making them to run with 3 GB RAM instead of 2 GB like the other CPUs). The second “problem” is that these CPUs can access memory only up to 1,066 MHz and with the other CPUs memory was working at 1,333 MHz. We could make all CPUs to access memory at 1,066 MHz, but then some people could complain that we didn’t run the new Core i5-750 and the new Core i7-870 at their maximum performance. It is hard to find a methodology that pleases everybody
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The way to please everyone when tested products have different requirements is to run the products the way they were designed. A design advantage is different than trying to keep added parts the same for an even or fair test.

Who would buy a 1366 socket processor and run it in dual channel configuration??? If the extra memory is a major advantage let it show in the tests just as the 1156 socket processors are designed to run with faster memory speeds. Isn't this the real level field, having the processors run with their design advantages???
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:05 AM   #3
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It might be worth pointing out too that for gaming it's of limited use with many cores and HT, since most games only use one or two threads anyway...

One very CPU-limited game series is MS Flight Sim.
Version 2004 use the CPU with a single thread at full pull, and Version X is able to bring even the fastest i7 to its knees...

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