UpdatedForget all the digital double talk about on-die memory controllers and packet-based data links. What happens when you clock the bejesus out of Core i7? That's what you really want to know.
UpdatedYes, you heard us right; our colleagues over at PC Plus and PC Format have got a Yoyotech machine each to give away.
As part of our thorough testing of Intel's new Core i7 architecture, we've been able to check out just what the top end Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition can do for games.
Core i7 is just the latest instalment of Intel's Tick-Tock road map for processor and platform updates. Lest you have forgotten, Tick-Tock commits Intel to banging out a brand new CPU architecture one year and then shrinking its transistors the next for the foreseeable future.
Forget floating point throughput and raw memory bandwidth. How much better is a PC powered by Core i7 for the kinds of applications and tasks that mere mortals use on a daily basis?
ExclusiveThe £4,000 beast you see here was configured with one purpose in mind: to break the world record in the benchmark that many consider to be the de facto metric of overall CPU performance, SPEC CPU2006. It's absolutely phenomenal...
ExclusiveIntel's new beastie packs a brand new microarchitecture. To find out exactly what makes it tick and whether it delivers on Intel's claims, we put Core i7, along with the outgoing Core 2 QX9770 Extreme Edition and AMD's top Phenom chip, through possibly the toughest set of tests we've yet conducted.