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Intel's Nehalem now officially Core i7

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Sun August 10, 2008

Intel Core i7 Name

Intel on Sunday quickly confirmed recent leaks with official word that its next-generation Nehalem processor architecture will be named Core i7. The move continues the Core name despite a major platform change and signals the new line's status as Intel's seventh major architecture since it began with the 8086 decades earlier. The highest-performing versions of the processor line will still add the Extreme Edition badge to reflect their extra features, which often include a speed multiplier unlock friendly to overclockers.

The first chips to bear the Core i7 name will be mainstream desktop parts meant for gamers and conventional systems; Intel doesn't allude to the expected 3.2GHz speed but has previously confirmed the new architecture's switch from a front side system bus to point-to-point connections between the processor and peripherals, an on-die memory controller, and Hyperthreading that can at times double the number of effective cores working on a given task at any one time.

Intel ships its first desktop Core i7 processors in the fall and will follow up with mobile equivalents in early 2009; workstation chips are expected to continue using the Xeon name.

Regular Core i7

Core i7 Extreme Edition

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    new logo...

    ... but will Apple allow it on products and packaging?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope not...

    A lack of Intel stickers is the most visual difference between a Mac and a garden variety Windows PC.

    I'm not saying those stickers are totally ugly or anything, but it seems similar to buying a refrigerator and putting a sticker on the door telling what electric motor is in it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They won't appear, because Apple won't let them

    And bear in mind the stickers are advertising, and help keep prices down on the PC side (like the crapware that gets installed that so many hate).

    I'd like to just see Apple spend their time making a 15" macbook, rather than saying to consumers "Sure, you can get a 16" Windows laptop for less than $1000, but we think you should really need to pay over $2000".

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    17 cores! That's impressive!

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