Intel Core i7 hits the streets on Monday

This Monday Intel is scheduled to release its next generation processor, the Intel Core i7. While we have long since moved away from names like Pentium 4 and such it seems, there seems to be a great deal of excitement for Intel's new chip.

Early benchmarks show a pretty significant performance improvement over the previous generation. With 4 cores each with 2 hyper-threads and the memory controller now on the die, the Core i7 seems poised to offer some substantial real-world improvement.

Here's a round up of some of the reviews we've seen:
View: OSNews Core i7 coverage
View: ExtremeTech first look
View: Engadget review round-up

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br_ said,
Maybe it's a good thing I didn't buy a MacBookPro5,1 yet

What the hell are you going on about? there won't be a mobile version if i7 until the end of next year.

Suren said,
Will there be any Price Cut on The Intel Core 2 Quad 6600 CPU ???

That will happen eventualy, but initially retailers will be reluctant to cut Core 2 CPU prices until the "hot new product" factor of the Core i7 has worn off. Don't worry, though: Market forces will drive the price of the Core 2 desktop line down. It's just a matter of when, that's all.

I'll wait 12 months for the prices to fall and the performance to increase.

If you already have a quad core and 8 gigs of memory then the i7 isn't a burning need just yet.

hardgiant said,
I'll wait 12 months for the prices to fall and the performance to increase.

If you already have a quad core and 8 gigs of memory then the i7 isn't a burning need just yet.


Yeah, not unless you are in the extreme high-end of desktop or workstation computing. I mean, if you've got five grand burning a hole in your pocket and you could use a small supercomputer powering your desktop, this must be a great time to be alive, I'm sure... but the rest of use could probably get by very nicely with just a Q6600 and a decent video card (or two). I don't know of any desktop computing applications that really need more than 4 gigs, perhaps six gigs to have a nice roomy memory space just in case.... but eight gigs is pushing things into the realm of high-end workstation computing. I'm sure that every CAD-CAM and AutoCAD professional out there will be itching to get their hands on a Core i7 and as much RAM as they can afford, and the same goes for video editing techs and 3D modelers, but I'll be content to shop around and take my time. Maybe on Boxing Day I'll go hunt for a Core i7 bargain mobo and then build a system for myself.

Airlink said,

Yeah, not unless you are in the extreme high-end of desktop or workstation computing. I mean, if you've got five grand burning a hole in your pocket and you could use a small supercomputer powering your desktop, this must be a great time to be alive, I'm sure... but the rest of use could probably get by very nicely with just a Q6600 and a decent video card (or two). I don't know of any desktop computing applications that really need more than 4 gigs, perhaps six gigs to have a nice roomy memory space just in case.... but eight gigs is pushing things into the realm of high-end workstation computing. I'm sure that every CAD-CAM and AutoCAD professional out there will be itching to get their hands on a Core i7 and as much RAM as they can afford, and the same goes for video editing techs and 3D modelers, but I'll be content to shop around and take my time. Maybe on Boxing Day I'll go hunt for a Core i7 bargain mobo and then build a system for myself.


I remember when 128mb was consider a lot, then 512, then 1g. The more memory, the more microsoft will use it and say it is needed ;-)

I will be ordering one Monday. Can't wait. I've been using a laptop for way too long. First things first, that new Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion comes out the same week!

MioTheGreat said,
I will be ordering one Monday. Can't wait. I've been using a laptop for way too long. First things first, that new Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion comes out the same week!

The impact on gaming has soon to be pretty negligible, really not a reason to upgrade if that is your main concern.

Mystic said,
The impact on gaming has soon to be pretty negligible, really not a reason to upgrade if that is your main concern.

I'm not replacing a desktop. I haven't had or used one in a while. I've been on a crappy little laptop. The graphics card upgrade alone will be amazing.

Core i7, 1366 motherboards and DDR3 are all too expensive. No-one is denying that the performance is great but I haven't see such an expensive build for as long as I can remember. I won't be upgrading in a hurry.

Bosaka said,
I wouldnt touch these for at least 30-60 days. I'm sure the gouging e-tailers will list them at triple the msrp.

You're not wrong; £265 for a 920 makes baby Jesus cry...

CrimsonRedMk said,
Hits the streets as in available to purchase? Or OEMs only? Either way..I can't wait!

No, they mean that they will literally hit the streets. As in fall off the back of a truck and bounce all over the pavement. And crush some sub-compact cars. And maim a random sample of innocent bystanders. :D

But seriously, they mean retail availability as well as OEM availability. Of course, it may take a short while for the Core i7 "big Box" builds to make their way through the various retail channels, but I know that at least my local wholesaler says he'll have all three flavors of Core i7 available on Monday.