Intel’s powerful next-gen Nehalem processor destroys all previous CPU benchmarks

“Intel’s next-generation Nehalem processor lineup is so powerful that it simply destroys previous CPU benchmarks. An early look at the company’s new chips shows they have the potential to drive current data center-class performance onto the desktop,” Brian Sheinberg reports for ChannelWeb.

“The Test Center has reviewed evaluation units of the chip giant’s latest processors and motherboards over the past several weeks. Early results show nearly historic levels of improvement over previous generations of processors,” Sheinberg reports. “Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., made the evaluation units available to reviewers ahead of the platform’s official launch, which is expected to happen later this month. (“Nehalem” is actually the former code-name of the platform, which includes its new Core i7 CPUs and X58 motherboards.)”

“Considered by some to have the most significant new architectural changes since the Pentium Pro, the microarchitecture will include future variants for server and mobile applications,” Sheinberg reports.

“Using our standard benchmarking tool, Primate Labs’ GeekBench2, our Extreme system, with everything still at the default settings, scored an incredibly high 7998. With some modest overclocking – – we didn’t want to overdo it – – the score was pushed higher to 8524, and we have no doubt that if we were even more aggressive, the bar would be elevated even more… This CPU and configuration scored the highest marks the Test Center has ever recorded on Geekbench; the next-highest score, 7429, came from an IBM (NYSE:IBM) eServer BladeCenter system that ran dual Xeons,” Sheinberg reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. What? Nothing more specific than “early 2009” release? No information regarding which Macs in Apple’s product lines will be fitted with these new CPUs and when these products will be offered for sale?

    I suppose that if people are reluctant to repeat or propagate unfounded rumors or unsubstantiated speculation the next best thing to do is to repeat old news.

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