Legit Processor Reviews
Intel Previews Clarkdale Processor Performance Numbers
|Product:||Clarkdale and Arrandale CPUs|
|Date:||Thu, Sep 24, 2009 - 07:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Westmere Products Overview
Intel also gave us a little presentation that shows off the upcoming 32nm Westmere products, so rather than trying to re-invent the wheel we have posted the entire presentation for you to look at and to digest.
Intel Clarkdale and Arrandale processors bring the Nehalem microarchitecture to the mainstream market for the very first time. Intel has informed Legit Reviews that when these processors come out that it will offer unbelievable performance for dollar. This is in part to the fact that the new 32nm Westmere processors support Intel's Turbo Boost, HyperThreading and integrated memory controller technologies. Just in case you were wondering Clarkdale is the code name for the desktop processors and Arrandale is the code name for the mobile processors.
The Intel Desktop Processor codenamed Clarkdale has the CPU core built on the 32nm 2nd generation Hi-K manufacturering process and the integrated graphics manufactured on the 45nm Hi-K manufacturering process. This means that there are two dies located under the integrated heat-spreader (IHS). The Clarkdale processor is drop-in compatible with with current LGA1156 motherboards that are on the market today, so an Intel P55 Express chipset is all you need to run one of these chips when they come out later in the year.
The Intel graphics media accelerator HD is built into the processor and is being marketed as having outstanding Blu-Ray disc playback performance and video quality. The slide above mentions that it supports DX10, but DX10.1 or DX11.
Intel also had a slide letting the media know that they should let Windows 7 and Vista 'settle' before running benchmarks. This is of course something we always do at Legit Reviews anyway, so no big deal.
Intel said that the Westmere processor supports 'Idle Core' in WIndows 7 and deep sleep states like C6. Things like SMT Parking and Core Parking are interested, but something most consumers will never know about.
Enough slides about the technology, let's look at the benchmarks!
Next Page - The Benchmark Numbers
Page 1 - Intel Clarkdale Benchmark Performance Revealed
Page 2 - Westmere Products Overview
Page 3 - The Benchmark Numbers