Intel Previews Clarkdale Processor Performance NumbersThu, Sep 24, 2009 - 7:00 PM
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
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
Enough slides about the technology, let’s look at the benchmarks!