Well you know its that time of year again...well its that time of year every few weeks really but this is a bit bigger.
New CPU's from Intel are starting to get stocked and benchmarked now.
New Dual and Quad cores are coming in, all at the new 45nm with 1333Mhz FSB with 3MB/6MB of L2 Cache on the Dual Cores and 6MB/12MB of L2 Cache for the Quad Cores.
The new 45nm dual cores run faster, are more efficient, and have smaller and less noisy (not that they were loud to begin with!) heat sink and fans. The E8500 Dual Core which runs at 3.2Ghz (9.5x multiplier) with 6MB L2 Cache is one of the first to be reviewed for its overclocking potential and it certainly delivers! It was pushed to 4.2Ghz no problem at all, and topped out at around 4.4Ghz - bare in mind thats without any extreme stuff, just an X48 motherboard, good HSF and some patience. So 4Ghz is easily reached with the new dual cores, and at that speed it actually proceeds to beat the Q6600 and Q6700 in almost all real-world benchmarks for gaming.
The full lineup from Intel is looking rather promising and lets hope that they all overclock just as well as the E8500
RAM - DDR3 has been clocked above 2.1Ghz (well 1Ghz since its DDR3) which is pretty groundbreaking for consumer ram modules, although no word on the latency yet, hopefully DDR3 gets its latency down or its going to be pretty much useless for gaming >_<
GPU - GeForce 9's are out although surprisingly the first card out of the proverbial gates is not that 9800G2X like everyone had expected, but its little brother, the 9600GT. The 9600GT is Nvidia's new Mid-Range, which is a good thing because the 8600GTS was not cutting the mustard by any stretch of the imagination! It is a few fps (anything from 3 to 12) behind in most games / benchmarks compared to the 8800GT and GTS, but really comes head and shoulders above the 8600GT and GTS.
Yeah so thats about all the important stuff
What you want:
ASUS Intel X48 / NVIDIA 780i Motherboard
Intel QX9850 @ 4Ghz 12MB L2 Cache
8GB DDR2-1066 @ 1333Mhz+ CL5.0
3 x NVIDIA Geforce 8800Ultra [replaced with 2 x 9800G2X soon
As for workstations - only one way to go
Intel SKULLTRAIL D5400XS Motherboard
2 x Intel XEON Core 2 EXTREME [Quad] QX9775 12MB L2 Cache @ 4Ghz
8GB FB-DIMM DDR2-800Mhz CL4.0
2 x NVIDIA Geforce 8800Ultra [replaced with 2 x 9800G2X soon
Can't wait to test some of this new stuff out =D
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