If you thought Nehalem
sounded like an 80’s metal band, then you’d be forgiven. However much it sounds like the follow up act to Van Halen, Nehalem was the top secret name being used by Intel for their latest chip revolution, which has finally be named the Core i7 Extreme.
With names like ‘extreme’ bouncing across around before our wimpy eyes, you’ll be pleased to know that the Atomic boys found it was a real winner and it actually lived up to its pumped up name-sake.
Based on the latest LGA1366 socket, the 45nm Core i7 Extreme (or if you still prefer, the more mysteriously named ‘Nehalem’) rated well across each of Atomic’s benchmarks and is said to increase performance by a large margin over the current crop of CPU’s out there. Awsome.
The Core i7 boasts 731 million transistors on a quad core CPU, which is really quite astounding when you think about just how small you have to go to fit that many transistors in one spot. It’s fair to say that every few years, you see a multicore miracle and this is likely the next big one to happen.
It’s going to have wide ranging ramifications across all our favourite gadgets, but it won’t be until at least next year when the first notebooks are unveiled that will feature the new chips. Still, we’re extremely excited by what the future holds.
For the entire review and all the benchmarking results, you can find the details over at Atomic