New architecture, pretty much the same name.
We’ve previously told you that Intel would be launching Nehalem before the end of the year, but that’s not strictly the case any more. That’s because as of now Intel’s forthcoming new microarchitecture is no longer relying on a mere codename and has, in fact, received its official branding; everyone say hi to Intel Core i7.
Intel says it chose not to vary from the Core branding having built it up over the past couple of years. Arguably that could be a bad thing for consumers unsure as to the difference between various ‘Core’ ranges. In fairness to Intel, though, seven is clearly a bigger number than two, so your Average Joe should hopefully be able to distinguish that a Core i7 processor is better than a Core 2 one. Because bigger is better right?
As per usual, Extreme Edition processors are differentiated by having a black, rather than blue, badge. It’s a tad more subtle than usual as there’s no text this generation, which could be considered a good thing. Let’s face it, most of the time displaying an Extreme Edition logo on your PC is akin to strapping an “I have more money than sense” sign to your back.
Intel’s on-board memory controller sporting, Hyper-Threading capable CPUs should be out just in time for Christmas, so be sure to add “Core i7 Extreme Edition” somewhere near the top of your list.