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Early Core i9 tests show up to 50% boost

updated 01:25 pm EST, Mon November 23, 2009

Core i9's six cores an edge in key apps

Despite being more than a month away from the public, Intel's Core i9 (Gulftown) platform has already been tested and is shown to be potentially as fast as its design implies. The move from four to six cores has translated into an almost perfectly linear increase in speed for those apps that can use multiple processors. In tasks such as 3D modeling and video encoding, a 2.8GHz Core i9 is found by PCLab to be roughly 50 percent faster than a Core i7 at the same clock speed.

Not all tests show as large gains, as those limited to a single core or which didn't properly use their extra code threads saw smaller gains or even no advantage at all. Some of this is attributed to the prototype nature of the i9 platform, as its memory performance isn't as high as anticipated for production hardware. Its memory speed won't be as high as on the quad-core processors, however.

Intel isn't due to launch Core i9 until early 2010, possibly early as January, and will initially reserve it for high end systems as it should have a high price and consume about 130W of power versus the 95W for most Core i5 and i7 chips.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good things come...

    Once again, my lack of funds for upgrading to a MacPro from my relic may prove advantageous. This could change the playing field laid out in the latest Macworld article,

  1. sharp3d

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Pros

    I think the Mac Pro will get the i9.

    A) The iMac uses the mobile i5 and i7s, where as the i9s use more watts.
    B) The Mac Pro is the most due for an update (longest out since one anyway)

    Dual i9s. = 12 cores, that makes me drool a little bit. :-)

    Whatever the actual processors are on machines, I don't think apple will close the gap in their performance. My money is on that Apple is making the mac pros more and more for those who NEED speed and expansion for work and pushing the laptops and iMacs for everyone else.

    What do you think the next mac pros will be?

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Need for speed

    It's an interesting one, as the better consumer / prosumer level systems get, the more they eat their way into the market for the Mac Pro - first audio (the most basic MacBook can run Logic acceptably), then video (the iMac and MacBook Pro are good enough for basic real-time video).

    There are still plenty of areas (3D rendering, scientific and engineering simulation, photo editing for print publication, and more advanced cases of the above) where people still want as much power as they can get - and those people are a profitable market too - but how many generations before they start to be measured in the tens of thousands?

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't count audio out.

    Sure you can run a DAW on a MBP, but can you do *real* recording? Like say, recording dozens of track simultaneously for an orchestra? How about stacking all of these processor intensive effects?

    As someone who knows acoustics, if you EVER want to get anything like real room reverb and take items like large live rooms or stone rooms out of the needs of a studio, and want to replace them with musicians wearing headphones in small anechoic chambers listening to realtime processing of their signal to accurately mimic such places, we have a looooong way to go.

    I won't get into the specific of multi-point sound sources and their interconnection with room elements, but let's just say current modeling in room predictions and effects like Space Designer aren't anywhere close to being able to accurately predict or reproduce acoustics as you would hear in actual venues. We're going to need a *lot* of power to even begin to model something anywhere close to reality, much less reproduce it in real time.

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