Feeds

Intel 'Lynnfield'

Next-gen Core i7 - and Core i5

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Intel has enhanced the Turbo Boost feature for Lynnfield and this is worth a closer look. Turbo Boost is a dynamic overclocking tool that increases the clock speed when the CPU is under load, so long as it continues to operate inside its thermal limits.

Intel Core i7 870

The i7 900 made limited use of Turbo Boost and only raised the CPU clock speed by one step of the 133MHz base clock for all four cores, or two steps if the software was thrashing one or two cores. In other words, a 2.66GHz Core i7 920 would accelerate to 2.8GHz on all four cores or 2.93GHz on one or two cores. This is a welcome increase, but the vast majority of enthusiasts who lay out the cash for Core i7 900 will surely want to overclock way beyond that point.

Lynnfield increases the impact of Turbo Boost by bumping the clock speed of all four cores of a 95W TDP CPU by two steps (266MHz) when the CPU is under load. If the software you are using only takes advantage of two processor cores then Turbo Boost can increase the clock speed by another two steps: 533MHz above the standard speed. If you are only using a single core, Turbo Boost will raise the speed by a total of five steps, or 666MHz. This means that Intel will dynamically overclock our 2.93GHz Core i7 870 to 3.2GHz on all four cores, 3.46GHz on two cores, or 3.6GHz on one core.

The low-power 82W TDP Lynnfield CPUs have another trick up their silicon sleeves. Turbo Boost will raise the clock speed of all four cores by a single step, but two cores can run a further five steps faster, and one core can go another step faster for a total of seven steps, or 933MHz.

It's anticipated that there will be five initial models of Lynnfield:

  • Core i7 870 2.93GHz (3.6GHz), 95W TDP
  • Core i7 860 2.8GHz (3.46GHz), 95W TDP
  • Core i5 750 2.66GHz (3.2GHz), 95W TDP
  • Core i7 860 2.53GHz (3.46GHz), 82W TDP
  • Core i5 750 2.4GHz (3.2GHz), 82W TDP

We were sent a Core i7 870 sample with a clock speed of 2.93GHz and a stock Intel CPU cooler. The Core i7 900 has a hefty maximum TDP of 130W that covers the whole family from Core i7 920 to 975 Extreme, while the first Lynnfield CPUs will have a TDP of 95W. This is a welcome step but Intel annoyingly set the LGA1156 cooler mounts are just a couple of millimetres closer together than the ones on the LGA1366 socket.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi
These are the movement detection devices you're looking for
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?