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|16th July 2008, 17:30||#1|
Join Date: May 2002
Intel Bloomfield pricing for distributors spotted
Bloomfield 3.20GHz - 990$
Bloomfield 2.93GHz - 555$
Bloomfield 2.66GHz - 285$
Seeing as clock for clock the Bloomfield was up to 20% faster than Core 2 Duo, at 2.66Ghz with HT enabled, we're looking at a very very affordable server CPU.
|16th July 2008, 21:33||#5|
Join Date: May 2002
the Core 2 Duo was never really bandwidth starved as pairing it with high speed DDR2 or DDR3 never really boosted performance much, not even with the latest Quad Cores or 45nm Wolfdales.
Now the Bloomfield is a quad core with HT enabled which means it can occupy the physical CPU constantly as the software CPUs (hyperthreaded ~ my simplified explanation) keep finding them data. For single threaded applications I'm not expecting large differences, only in multithreaded applications there will be a measureable difference (speculation!!).
Server wise with multiple sockets we'll see the largest benefit, as these memory sticks will be configured as triple-channel configs (if I read that correctly) and will provide a lot of bandwidth to feed the cores with data.
now this is all speculation as the only tests currently done with Nehalem are single channel, we'll have to wait for triple channel results before making any final calls.
|16th July 2008, 22:43||#6|
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