quote: First keep in mind that these performance numbers are early, and they were run on a partly crippled, very early platform. With that preface, the fact that Nehalem is still able to post these 20 - 50% performance gains says only one thing about Intel's tick-tock cadence: they did it.
quote: Cinebench shows us only a 2% increase in core-to-core performance from Penryn to Nehalem at the same clock speed. For applications that don't go out to main memory much and can stay confined to a single core, Nehalem behaves very much like Penryn.
quote: That throws, for the moment, a bucket of cold water on my expectations temporarily. That apparently fits nicely within its cache and thus doesn't reveal the IMC benefit, or thats how the article made it sound, but still. Might have to wait until a formal review to be certain.