New i7 Chips Crush Benchmarks

Arthur Cole

Reviewers are impressed with the first tests of the Core i7 CPUs from Intel (formerly the Nehelem processors), with early reports saying the chips lay waste to previous benchmarks.


In fact, judging by the numbers, it seems that we're about to see an entirely new class of PC, one that incorporates enterprise-class capabilities.


Tests of the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition on board an Intel DX58SO motherboard showed a score of 7998 using Primate Lab's GeekBench2 benchmark, blowing right past the previous record, 7429 by a dual-Xeon BladeCenter system.


That kind of performance won't come cheap, however. The i7-965 sells for $999 in 1,000-unit quantities. Lesser versions with slower clock speeds can be had for as little as $284 in volume shipments.

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