1.17 billion transistors difficult is the new flagship from Intel. This high number of transistors, as usual, for the most part on the cache server - cache - is falling, Intel packed in a 248 mm˛. The order of the six-core processor is much smaller than that of a "Lynnfield" quad-core CPUs, which brings it to 296 mm˛. But as easy as it almost always in life, but then again not. For Intel the new six-core processor is based on the high-end platform for the Socket LGA1366, Bloomfield and Lynnfield while trust in the new mainstream base 1156. The 210 base contact areas larger linking promises of triple-channel DDR3 memory. This is addressed at the factory, however, as in Bloomfield with a maximum of 1066, DDR3-1333 is absent in the new flagship remains unaccounted for. However, this seems first to be the only blemish. Purely on the platform there is to her, according to Intel and various board partners no problems with the six-core processor. were here for several X58 motherboards corresponding for several months already updated BIOS versions.
The first hexa-or six-core processor starts with rich 3.33GHz. He is purely from the clock as fast as the previous flagship based on the same shelf. But the 32-nm newcomer brings with some additions. Because of the cores increases, the entire L2 cache to 1.5 Mbytes of L3 cache, even to a whopping 12 MB. Thus the line of the first 32-nm CPUs based on the "Bloomfield" will continue, which may also be per core 512KB L2 cache and two cores show 4 MB L3 cache. The QPI-stroke of the new flagship is the 6.4 GHz also set to the highest clock that Intel currently offers in the processors. Also, the latest addition to Intel relies on the turbo mode and support for Hyper-Threading. The turbo acts with an increase of up to 266 MHz with the load of a single core, all cores, depending on the design of the cooling solution permanently working at 133 MHz higher clock rates. As a result, the processor is under load or less permanently working at 3.46 GHz, and in certain applications that are tailored to only one core, even 3.6 GHz are available. The comparably minimal differences, which represents an activated or deactivated, Turbo, we display in our benchmark course.
Hyper-Threading is a still more often ridiculed technology, which promises for a six-core processor with a total of twelve threads, but some performance gains. According to Intel Hyper-Threading for only about five percent more transistors on the whole, the necessary, which flows here and there in performance increases of more than 30 percent in theoretical tests and still up to 20 percent in real applications. The differences between activated and deactivated Hyper-Threading, we also show separately in each test.
In addition to the newly designed from the ground test system, we have also carried the benchmark course an update. Still, some theoretical tests of the party, as they usually are one step further than any real application. There are new features that have found a place in processors, first tested in their performance. Since these theoretical tests use the user on the PC but not much, we are also many practical applications for help. These are now the main variety of multimedia applications, but also everyday things like packaging of files. Rounding out the test a few games. The test track, we have divided on this point. Once we rate the games in low resolution at high details with no quality-enhancing agents (AA / AF), the second part uses the currently most used resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 pixels and is the performance, as in actual use at least quadruple AA / AF on the agenda. As is customary in the past, each benchmark is performed several times to meet with any outliers in performance can. This happens in almost all applications, unfortunately, more often than expected, both the negative and the positive direction.