Formerly known as “Lynnfield,” the new chips are based on Intel’s Nehalem microarchitecture for users who need top-notch performance. The Core i5 “family” is launched with a single model, the 2.66GHz Core i5-750 that sports an 8MB cache and four cores for handling four threads at a time. The top-of-the-line Core i7 is updated with two new models, the 2.93GHz Core i7-870 and the 2.80GHz Core i7-860, both of which support Intel’s Hyper-Threading tech for handling up to eight threads with four cores.
These latest Core i7 and i5 processors are the first Intel processors to be supported by the new
LGA1156 package, and are the first CPUs to integrate both a 16-lane PCI Express 2 graphics port and two-channel memory controller that enables all input/output and manageability functions to be handled by the single-chip Intel P55 Express Chipset.
The chipset supports 8 PCI Express 2.0 x1 Ports (2.5GT/s), dual graphics cards, 6 SATA 3 Gb/s ports with Intel Matrix Storage Technology providing RAID levels 0/1/5/10, and up to 14 USB 2.0 ports via the chipset’s integrated USB 2.0 Rate Matching Hub. The P55 Express Chipset also comes integrated with Intel High Definition Audio for premium digital sound.
The new Core i5 and i7 processors are available now, with the top-end i7-870 selling for $562, the i7-860 for $284, and the i5-750 for $196. All prices are for bulk shipments.