In preparation for the beginning of 2010, the Intel Core i9 should embody the new high-end depth and become caliph instead of the caliph. The chip Gulftown on which it rests provides for this to make two significant improvements. On the one hand, it has six hearts and the other belongs to the Westmere architecture inherited from the Nehalem architecture, but using the new method of burning house in 32 nm.
The Polish website PC Lab has released an early test. Using a pre-series Xeon, based on the same chip Gulftown under-clocked to 2.8 GHz, they could get an idea of the benefits of a Core i9 compared to a Core i7 same frequency. The Bloomfield chip on which it relies for recall involves 4-core 45nm.
If performance is no surprise proportional to the number of cores, with a gain of 50% predicted, provided that the applications take advantage of multi-heart, the issue of consumption and heat dissipation, which derives its overclocking potential was less obvious. Thus, not content to consume as much energy at rest in spite of 50% of additional transistors, the Gulftown has the luxury of reducing its consumption of over 9% (24 W) compared to the Core i7. He also less heat.
It is expected that Intel architecture formalizes Westmere at CES to be held in Las Vegas from January 7 to 10, 2010. The founder of Santa Clara should be launching this brand new Core i9 based on the chip Gulftown, but also Core i3, i5 Core and Core i7-based chips and Clarkdale Arrandale for laptops and desktops.