Intel Rebrands Chips, Announces Core i3 and i5 Conventions

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nebulaz

Yeah I think using the number to signify the tier is a great idea, a big D'oh, probably came up with they finally thought of that!  I hope to all that those i3,5 and 7 placements on the logos provided in the picture came from the guys at MaxPC and not intel marketing, b/c they are lame! 

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Mr.Pooney

WOW! can't wait till they comme out so i can choose one for my Windows 7 Ultimate home Media center basic corperat Pro Machine!

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Cache

Wait, what?

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MenoRikey

Anyone know what the upgrade paths for these chips will be?  I heard a current Core i7 mobo will not support the Core i5's.

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skhills

Core i7 integrated the memory controller, but PCIe x16 was still connected to the x58 chipset.  i5's will move the PCIe x16 controller into the CPU as well, so they won't be compatible with i7 boards since things are moved around.  i5's and i3s will be interchangeable, with i3 adding integrated graphics to the dual core CPU package, while the i5's will be quad core without integrated graphics.

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Peanut Fox

It should also be mentioned that the i5's won't be using QPI or tripple channel memory.  But with this new naming monecular, it sounds like they could.  Intel got what they wanted, I'm so confused.

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MenoRikey

I'm in the market for a new computer, but it's not a necessity right now.  Would you wait for the i5's?  I've heard they are worth waiting for, since they will be close enough in speed to the i7s but cheaper in price and cheaper mobos (and they supposedly have a better upgrade path).

Decisions, decisions...Intel doesn't make it easy.

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mesiah

I think some people are confusing the i5 naming scheme with the lynnfield architecture. The simple answer is yes, you may want to wait, but not for the "i5." While nehalem will only be available as core i7 or core i7 extreme, lynnfield will be available as both core i7 and core i5. It is quite possible that lynnfield will outpace nehalem in areas such as gaming. The major difference between nehalem and lynnfield is that lynnfield does not use qpi and only has dual channel ddr3 support. Its been proven that neither of these technologies has any real performance advantage for the average computer user. In exchange for that you receive much more aggressive turbo modes and a less costly lga-1156 mother board (estamates are around $100 cheaper.)

 

Now, you can also get an i5 version of the lynnfield. The difference between the i5 and i7 versions is that you are limited to only 4 threads as opposed to 8, and some i5s will only be dual core, but quad core will still be available. Although it wasn't announced, I am willing to bet i5s will have much less aggressive turbo modes also. So, to sum it up, yes, lynnfields are probably worth waiting for if you arent doing extreme multitasking and are more focused on higher clock speeds and gaming performance. But I would stay with the i7 lynnfields over the i5s if you are looking for peak performance. I hope this cleared things up some instead of just making them more confusing :P

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MenoRikey

Thanks for the response, though I'm more confused than ever.  I'm probably going to wait until the i5's are out and see what the response is to those.

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mesiah

Most likely the i5s will be in direct competition with the top of the line phenom IIs in both price and performance.

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dracx619

can anyone name every single type of intel proc derivative out now and in the near future? im losing count here

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Pentium 0

yep, Pentium 4, Pentium Extreme Edition, Pentium M, Pentium D, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron, Celeron D, Celeron Dual Core, Core Solo, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Solo, Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition, Core 2 Quad, Atom, Atom Dual Core, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition. 

Am I mission anything? Thats from the top of my head. 

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dracx619

cripes thats alot. now name every single version of each! jk craziest amount of choices ever!

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Gigabyte

Its not that bad, Intel made it easy for us.

http://processorfinder.intel.com/

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