Intel Lynnfield Core i5 hits the bench early

By on May 25, 2009, 5:00 PM
Intel is expected to update its processor lineup with the introduction of more affordable Nehalem derivatives later this year. Although the official launch isnít planned until sometime around September or October, we know samples have already been sent to partners, and now it appears that the very first pictures and benchmarks of a so-called Core i5 part have made their way onto the web.

The aforementioned details were made public in a recent post on Asian hardware site Xfastest, which included 3DMark Vantage scores and results from the suite of CPU tests in Everest Ultimate Edition. Tests were performed using a reference Intel motherboard, where the 2.66GHz Core i5 part seemed to yield better results than a Phenom II X4 955 running at 3.2GHz.

The Phenom II X4 955 currently sells for around $245, while the Core i5 is expected to cost $196. Performance differences weren't that large, though, and seeing that these are the first benchmark results made public, we should probably hold judgment until we can perform our own tests or a more thorough review of the chip is leaked online. Also, by the time Intel officially takes the wraps off its Core i5 processors, AMD is expected to have several new 45nm quad-core models in the market.

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onearmedscissor said:
Bad news? By the time it comes out, AMD will undoubtedly be selling faster CPUs at the same price, and they'd already be pretty even if the Core i5 came out today. I doubt that P55 boards are cheap enough to make up the difference, as they will still be relegated to the enthusiast market. Nobody is going to be doing $50 P55s so long as they're for $200+ CPUs, exclusively.Those are also all synthetic benchmarks, so that's completely pointless to begin with, and I've seen Phenom II owners on other sites say that their CPUs score higher at the same tests. Why judge anything by that?While Intel is waiting around doing almost nothing until these come out, AMD will be releasing more and cheaper CPUs that will perform about the same as the current ones for most people. I think their idea is a little better than waiting a year to rebadge an old CPU with a barely lower, but still high end, price tag.
windmill007 said:
This is like celrons or durons to me... Who needs them.
supersmashbrada said:
[b]Originally posted by windmill007:[/b][quote]This is like celrons or durons to me... Who needs them.[/quote]move the market over to quad core before 2011, amd suffers, these are nothing like celerons, or even in that era. The problem is that intel doesnt have a "new" chip that performs to amd's "top" chip price to performance, so gentlemen here it is. Goodluck AMD, This next year will be a hard one, but we need you so we wont have to pay sky high prices for cpu's.
spikester48661 said:
all my 3 PC's use AMD chips. For the price and performance AMD is for me the way to go.Intel's high prices and payoff put me off for good!!!!
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