Core i5 Specs And Prices Revealed

The first details regarding Intel's upcoming Core i5 CPU has surfaced.

The Core i5 is based on a new socket design, socket LGA 1156, making them incompatible with current Core i7 X58 motherboards.

Set for release in October, the first Core i5 CPUs to hit the market will be a trio of quad-core processors and based on the Lynnfield core, using 45nm fabrication process. Core i5 CPUs support HyperThreading technology. The new platform supports dual channel DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 modules. It features 8 MB of L3 cache, and supports TurboBoost technology.

The first Core i5 CPUs to hit the market will have clock frequencies of 2.66 GHz, 2.80 GHz, and 2.93 GHz and priced respectively $196, $284, and $562.

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Core i5 Specs And Prices Revealed

So is this better than the JUST released i7's? Or is it a more affordable lower end model? The numbers I'm seeing are not very impressive, quad core is nice but it's only 45nm. Intel just started designing 32nm chips, when will we get to see those? Aswell the price point is nice but not amazing considering the un-impressive clock speed, when will we go beyond the standard 3.0 Ghz clock? hell I've seen wireless phones that run at 10Ghz (yes they are the same thing) I'm confused how this is big news.

Core i5 Specs And Prices Revealed

Anon @ 3:14 You're a moron, you no longer get to speak for being so incredibly stupid.Vivid, a 10Ghz carrier signal, and a 10Ghz processor are not one in the same. If your cellphone had a 10Ghz processor in it, with today's die-size technology, it'd be so hot it would quite literally melt the exterior of the phone. Heck, even 4Ghz processors require considerable sized cooling solutions, be they air or liquid.

Core i5 Specs And Prices Revealed

I don't really see the point in this. The only way the i5 would be of any use is if the motherboards were much cheaper and the processors are much cheaper. As for cpu price the i7 is almost the same and I am sure will preform better. So why introduce this at all? It doesn't make sense to make cpus for 3 different socket types. Should just keep Core2 as budget cpu and i7 as high end. I am glad AMD has been sticking with cross platform socket types.

Core i5 Specs And Prices Revealed

"I am glad AMD has been sticking with cross platform socket types."Thats a problem too, the less pins the less data going in and getting out of the cpu, so even if they made a 5ghz quadcore it wouldnt give you much of a speedboost since data input/output would bottleneck performance.

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