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Intel's logo for its main line of "i7" Nehalem processors will be blue.

Intel's logo for the "Extreme" edition of the i7 brand will be black.
Intel's "baby" -- its new eight-core chips based on the new Nehalem architecture -- have been named and are almost ready to launch

The impending launch of Intel's Nehalem processor in Q4 2008 already has the hardware community buzzing.  Nehalem has already shaped up to appear quite the performance beast.  With the power of eight logical cores (four physical, doubled by hyper-threading) built on a 45 nm process to leverage, it’s shaping up to be a strong offering. 

The new processor will feature QuickPath, Intel's answer to AMD's HyperTransport, an on-chip memory controller, SSE4 instruction support, and an 8 MB cache pool.  Chips have already been demoed running at 3.2 GHz, so early indications are that Intel has had relatively little process problems.

Now Intel has made an important move towards the eventual release of Nehalem by giving it its official brand name.  The processor will be branded "Intel Core" with an "i7" identifier for the first round of chips.  This brand will include an Extreme Edition at launch according to Intel.  It is also expected to launch to both the desktop and server markets, though the server line may come slightly later than the desktop lineup.  Intel is also cooking up mobile versions of the processor. 

In months following the launch, other products with different identifiers will be announced according to Intel.  Intel says that its focus with the line is to both up the performance over its previous successful dual and quad core offerings.  At the same time it hopes to cut the power usage significantly.

Sean Maloney, Intel Corporation executive vice president and general manager, Sales and Marketing Group says that focusing on the "i7" line is Intel's top priority.  He states, "The Core name is and will be our flagship PC processor brand going forward.  Expect Intel to focus even more marketing resources around that name and the Core i7 products starting now."

Intel will maintain a numbered system similar to its past "Intel Core" offerings to differentiate individual processor models.

Another significant advance for Intel is that all the chip's cores will be on a single piece of silicon.  AMD has been using this method for quite some time, but Intel declined in order to improve yields.  The chip will face off against AMD's upcoming Shanghai processor.

Meanwhile, the Penryn platform, while passing the torch to Nehalem will see a bit of new life of its own, thanks to the Dunnington platform which will place 3 dies for a total of 6 cores in a chip package and target the server market. 

AMD plans to release a six-core version of Shanghai to combat this beast.  A 12-core dual-die package version of Shanghai is thought to be in the works, and Intel is likely considering either a dual-die Nehalem with eight cores or consolidating Dunnington to a single die and releasing a dual-die variant with 12 cores to combat this.

Intel is also focusing significant attention to its upcoming line of discrete graphics processors, code-named Larrabee.

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any explanation to the name?
By tastyratz on 8/11/2008 11:47:22 AM , Rating: 3
Where are they getting the i7 from?
There's not 7 cores logical or physical, this isn't the 7th generation or the core architecture... So whats with the name?
Did the marketing team get drunk and just decide the number 7 just "really sounds cool?" or is there some actual legitimate reasoning?

RE: any explanation to the name?
By JasonMick on 8/11/2008 11:57:18 AM , Rating: 5
I'm guessing the name stems from the fact that its the seventh major architecture since the Pentium era.

1-4.Pentium (1-4)
5. Core Duo
6. Core 2 Duo/Quad
7. Nehalem

As to processor/graphics card naming and number, it seldom makes perfect sense. If you think the brand name is bad, wait until the processor numbers start coming out, if past gen numbering schemes are any indication.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By Aloonatic on 8/11/2008 12:16:16 PM , Rating: 2
I was going to ask the same question and your answer seems to be as good as any seen so far.

I'm not sure where Pentium 4 HT, Pentium D and Pentium Duo come in that list tho :-s :)

Maybe naming Nahalem "Core i7" they are trying to make the Intel marketing guys earn their pay cheques, after having a rather easy time of it over the last couple of years?

RE: any explanation to the name?
By murphyslabrat on 8/11/2008 1:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
Pentium 4 HT was a bastard child with some tweaks, Pentium D's are either dual-die Presslers or Allendales (depending on the model number), and Pentium Duo's don't exist.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By cochy on 8/11/2008 2:38:45 PM , Rating: 4
Pentium D are Netburst chips.
Pentium Dual-Core are Core chips.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By afkrotch on 8/12/2008 1:23:21 AM , Rating: 2
The P4 with HT were better at multitasking than any single core AMD product. Had an Athlon 64 before. If I encoded a video, that's all it could do, while my P4 Prescott with HT was able to encode a video and play some CS:S at the same time. I haven't looked back at AMD since and with the way things are going, I don't need to.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By Spoelie on 8/12/2008 3:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
huh, if you wanted your encode to take multiple days/weeks then yes, that was a possible scenario

another scenario on the single core athlon64 would be giving the encoding thread a lower than normal priority and playing some CS:S at the same time. would have been faster than the P4 and it consumed less power while doing so

but hey, whatever makes you sleep at night

RE: any explanation to the name?
By SeanMI on 8/11/2008 12:26:01 PM , Rating: 3
You're probably right, but I'm sure the first core is labled as "Core 0"...That would leave the last core as "Core 7".

Think that could be it?

RE: any explanation to the name?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 12:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
For now Nehalem (i7) is only coming out in dual- and quad-core configurations, so no. I agree with the OP, it's probably the seventh iteration of Intel processors.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By SeanMI on 8/11/2008 1:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
But unlike previous quad core processors, it has hyperthreading enabled which presents 2 "virtual" cores per core...yielding 0 through 7.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 1:29:00 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, but the dual-core Nehalem processors are also in the i7 series. The octo-core processors will also be i7. They will not be i3 and i15 respectively.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By SeanMI on 8/11/2008 1:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah yeah, you're right...I thought about that after my first post. I was wondering when someone would mention that :)

I think they should have an i3 and i15 though. Think of it as a new convoluted performance rating system.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 2:49:27 PM , Rating: 3
Because the average consumer isn't already inundated with obscure marketing terms and designations already. =)

RE: any explanation to the name?
By PCXLFan on 8/11/2008 6:56:32 PM , Rating: 3
I guess they learned something from the nvidia's marketing strategy, and decided confusing consumers is an excellent strategy.

Wouldn't it be awesome if they muddy the water even more and create letter specifications for each model of the I7 which have even less rhyme and reason?

I7 XT = 2.2ghz, I7 GT = 2.4ghz, I7 YT = 2.6ghz, I7 YTS = 2.8ghz, I7 YR = 3.0ghz, I7 ASS = 3.2ghz w/unlocked multiplier.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 7:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but I also think they learned not to ever bring up the "Pentium" and especially "Pentium 4" brands ever again and so decided to resume their prior generational sequence without the use of "Pentium" since this is a completely different architecture and has an amazingly positive connotation. Perhaps they will push marketing the actual architecture/steps in their tick-tock cycles rather than making up new names for everything. iX scales much better than "Core 3 Quad/Octo ... Core 4 ... Core 9 ... Core X ... Core XII."

Although ATI's naming convention (of going from the 9000-series to X-YYY) did seem fairly reasonable compared to Nvidia's, as you point out. Or they could just botch the whole system by appending each product with "XXX."

RE: any explanation to the name?
By afkrotch on 8/12/2008 1:49:22 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, because XT, XTX, XTS, X2, Pro, etc weren't confusing either. At least both of them have consolidated their lineup or simply shrunk it (in the case of AMD/ATI).

RE: any explanation to the name?
By FITCamaro on 8/11/2008 1:40:11 PM , Rating: 4
Yes but now you're assuming the common public knows how things work in a computer.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By crystal clear on 8/11/2008 12:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
Just google it....type i7 on your search engines & see for yourself the results....

A big mistake it Core Ultra or Core ++ or Hyper or turbo etc etc.

The "i" & "7" just dont make any sense nor suitable.

There are plenty of companies using the "i" & "7"...

RE: any explanation to the name?
By vdig on 8/11/2008 1:43:22 PM , Rating: 3
Now that you mention it, you are right. Where did this i7 come from? They are not numbering their processors properly. Core is the first of the Core brand, obviously. Then Core 2.

Next should have been Core 2 Champion. Then Core 2 Hyper, followed by Super Core 2. Follow that up with Super Core 2 Turbo. Finally, you go through Core Alpha to Core Alpha 3. I would however recommend to avoid naming anything Core EX.

Finally, we get to Core 3. Really, it is easy to go from 1 to 3. 1, 2, 7? What a waste of numbers. Just look, Capcom has got naming conventions down pat. ;)

RE: any explanation to the name?
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 3:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe Intel just want to burn $30.000 AU Dolllars on the .com domainename :D

By Comdrpopnfresh on 8/11/2008 7:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think this is correct. The Intel numbering scheme isn't based on product lines, but rather architectural releases.

-Pentium was the P5 (thus the greek-derived name)
-Pentium Pro, PII, PIII, PIII-based Pentium M, Pentium M-based Core, and the Core-based Core2 are considered P6
-Netburst (or Pentium 4) is P68
-Itanium was internally called P7 by Intel, but it resided in the server domain, and didn't fit into desktop progression
-Nehalem is i7 as P7 was taken by Itanium. It is far enough removed from the P-M architecture to not continue the 'P', besides the Itanium reasoning, and is the first socket shift in a while- leading to a new platform of i786. Once again, i786 is too technical compared to i7, and not as good of a descriptor as i786-64. Currently, mainstream desktop chips are almost all x86-64. Take that out of the technical name--> i7(86-64)... i7

Jason, you're pretty much right, but your reasoning alone doesn't incorporate all of intel's architectures, mobile, desktop, and server going all the way back. It is more based on marketing numbering vs internal or architectural numbering. That logic breaks down at transitions between PI-IV, Mobile, Core, and now Nehalem.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By 16nm on 8/11/2008 8:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
I remember the P6 was the Pentium Pro. Netburst was a break from the Pentium Pro architecture. Core 2 was a return to it (AMD never broke from it - they knew what they were doing). P7 would seem indicate an evolution of P6. However, i7? I'm guessing Intel thinks it has something quite different this time around.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By System48 on 8/12/2008 11:00:34 AM , Rating: 2
There was an article I read somewhere yesterday that explained the naming. You're somewhat correct, if you pull out a Upgrading and Repairing PC's book, it goes through the generations with the Pentium Pro being the last one, P6. The P4's netburst was technically a new generation but because of its performance issues it's designated as P68 inside Intel. Intel backpedaled with a new mobile CPU, the Pentium M which was based off the Pentium Pro arch and not netburst, this led to Core(Yonah) and then eventually to Core 2. Most say Itanium is the actual P7 generation, but with the naming of Nehalem it seems like Intel is designating it as P7.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By BBeltrami on 8/12/2008 3:02:58 PM , Rating: 2
Here's my guess:


RE: any explanation to the name?
By Bender 123 on 8/11/2008 11:59:38 AM , Rating: 1
Its simple...
Core 3 the quad (4) cores = 7.

I am sure thats what the marketing folks were was either that name or "Super Awesome Processor of Coolness 5Billion+ TrioDuo12."

By silversound on 8/11/2008 12:19:28 PM , Rating: 2
core i7?
alliance with iMac? Try to persuade Apple dunt dump intel???

RE: any explanation to the name?
By jiteo on 8/11/2008 12:28:47 PM , Rating: 5
The i is to show it'll work with Macs.
The 7 is to show it'll work with Windows 7.

*slowly comes to a realization*


Maybe they should have called it i7x?

By ImSpartacus on 8/11/2008 12:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
Omg, that's brilliant. It all makes sense now...

I still think they should've gone all iSeven on Apple's parade.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By FaceMaster on 8/11/2008 1:31:18 PM , Rating: 4
Oh NO even Intel are adding i's to the beginning of their products. How can AMD Counter-attack this move? iPhenom?!

RE: any explanation to the name?
By jiteo on 8/11/2008 1:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
Power of Apple and lolcats combine!


RE: any explanation to the name?
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 2:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
Intel HAVE used it before:

i8088, i80186, i80286, i80386, i80486 are oldies named with an i too. Then Intel jumped to Pentium for some time, then they went Core.

And now the are back at the 'i' - and a generation number derived from the Pentium line??

'Core 2 Adore' could have been sweet :)

RE: any explanation to the name?
By FaceMaster on 8/11/2008 3:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
So you mean that Apple copied them?!?!

Madness! Apple's products are always new and original /sarcasm

RE: any explanation to the name?
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 3:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! Nah, not exactly copied since they use different meanings for the 'i', but it might have been on purpose since Apple DID change to intel :)

RE: any explanation to the name?
By Hawkido on 8/11/2008 2:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
Could it be that IBM just released their new AS400 called the i7? Trying to generate some brand/product confusion?

Number series cannot be copyrighted or trademarked, so IBM cannot claim prior domain, but i3, i4, i5 (they skipped i6 for some reason), and now i7. Then Intel goes from Core to Core2, and now Core i7. Come on! This is like announcing an Intel Core M4 processor at the same time BMW announces the successor to the M3 line the M4. Just insert any market identifiable brand series and voila! Intel needs to fire their marketing team, and this is not brand identifiable, and will lead to confusion. Unless of course IBM starts using Intel Processors in their new i7 boxes.

RE: any explanation to the name?
By kyleb2112 on 8/11/2008 3:07:31 PM , Rating: 2
RE: any explanation to the name?
By Etern205 on 8/13/2008 10:06:36 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard some say it's because of Windows 7 so Intel decided to name it the i7, but that could be way off.

It's more likely to be the 7th gen of cpu that is already mentioned in this discussion.

Hey Jason?
By GhandiInstinct on 8/11/2008 11:53:08 AM , Rating: 2
Any idea when the 8core 16 virtual version will come out?

Do you even recommend 8 cores given we barely have any software that supports 4 now?

Prices etc??

RE: Hey Jason?
By surt on 8/11/2008 12:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
You would want 8 cores only if you know you have software to use them. Otherwise, you'll probably just cost yourself money with wasted power. Lots of enterprise users are ready to use 8 cores, but home users, not so much, unless you're heavily into movie editing or 3d work.

RE: Hey Jason?
By GhandiInstinct on 8/11/2008 1:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
Will 8 cores be better for games or premiere pro rendering?

RE: Hey Jason?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 1:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
Only if they are programmed to take advantage of multiple threads. In general it is said that no, it doesn't help, but if you have any background programs at all, it can't hurt to have another core or three for background tasks/anti-virus/SETI/Folding/etc.

RE: Hey Jason?
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 2:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Cubase and programs that support multiple cores will definately gain from 8 cores. And a few games at the moment (counts on one hand?). Most people will have plenty of power with 2, 3 or 4 cores, for now.

The greatest advantage, I think, is that with more cores the clock speed for each core can be lowered while maintaing computational power overall, and at the same time using less power.

RE: Hey Jason?
By Alpha4 on 8/11/2008 5:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
Conversely anything not optimzed for multiple threads might suffer as more densly packed dies (dice?) might yield lower clockspeed overhead, particularly when it comes to overclocking. However moving to a 32nm process for the octuple core Nehalem should negate that problem.

RE: Hey Jason?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 6:47:43 PM , Rating: 2
Not only moving to a smaller, more efficient process, but getting rid of the FSB should be very good, too.

With regards to you statement about more cores equating to lower clockspeed, that's not been particularly true with respect to Intel's offerings since Core 2. Also, keep in mind the increasingly more efficient instruction sets used with each tick (or tock?). Clock for clock there should be significant improvement between each tick or tock, but it's up to Intel as to the quality of the silicon and how overclockable the chips will be. After the market popularity of the Core 2 I would assume they are not going to spite the enthusiast market by dumbing down the ability to OC.

"Dies" is the correct plural of "die" with respect to machined parts that are stamped (with a die). A "die" can also be the singular of the cube you roll, whereas the plural of that would be "dice." And to add more confusion to the fun, "die" is also an alternate spelling of "dye."

RE: Hey Jason?
By Comdrpopnfresh on 8/12/2008 3:46:09 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to see Nehalem vs Shanghai in all-around benchmarks. Nehalem should be quite the multitasking beast, but rumors abound about how Shanghai's module architecture will allow it to perform, what in layman's terms is known as, reverse hyper-threading. It should alleviate multitasking issues, as well as bring a return performance in single-threaded environments. A lot of people say this is what AMD was talking about when they said Shanghai will bring about a new understanding for computing especially with things people didn't think could be done on hardware before.

Unless they're talking about a 300watt processor who's stock fan has a toast slot, it would seem to be threading. It seems performance can only be had nowadays when software is efficiently run to optimize use of multicore processors. If hardware could be used to run standard programming faster, as well as instances where people try to run a few of those standard programs at once- it would be along the lines of what was said...

No one seems to remember how dual-core sucked when it came out. Benchmarks didn't favor it, tdp's didn't favor it, it was only noticeable when people did inhuman levels of multitasking (aka leave needless crap running in background). It wasn't until benchmarks and game demos began over-incorporating dual-core optimized code that was unrepresentative of the consumer market software at the time. Same thing is happening with quad now. It's a shame people are buying pc's at bestbuy w/ quad cores, thinking they'll be faster at this and that. Yeh little timmy has school work to do on the computer regularly, but little timmy doesn't have to encode hi-def movies for his 4th grade english homework.

Unless you use VM, build a server, or we miraculously are delivered a set of stone tablets from a tall mountain and programmers instantly begin writing multi-core optimized code (none of this dual, or quad, but scalable no matter how many) over night, an 8-core HT processor is kinda like having a Ferrari when gas is 5 dollars...

Late september to october at the earliest. Don't expect much below $400 initially. Think along the lines of when core2 was released. First thing is gonna be a 1000-1100 dollar extreme part, a few server processors, and 3-5 mainstream. Prolly looking at a 3.2ghz max release, a 2.8-3.0 variant, 2.4-2.6 variant, 2.2-2.4, 2-2.2. Laptop chips won't follow for another quarter or two- ddr3 prices need to come down. The adoption for i7 will either be slow or really quick. Many xeons used are socket compatible with 775 core2s, so if i7 is to replace xeon in the server market, conroe/penryn needs to dry up. Otherwise, i7 will cut into intel's itanium, and s-771 sales- which offer higher margins.
The success of both AMD and Intel architectures is also contingent on a new Windows OS. One with features and all-around performance everyone will want, not just an aesthetic upgrade- but better hardware to deliver it all. This'll mainly be a concern on the 32nm node.

By pauldovi on 8/11/2008 11:47:05 AM , Rating: 5
Is it just me, or does Core 3 make more sense?

Core Duo -> 1st Gen
Core 2 Duo / Quad / Extreme -> 2nd Gen
Core 3 Quad / Extreme -> 3rd Gen

RE: Why?
By Mutz1243 on 8/11/2008 11:59:18 AM , Rating: 2
It is a different socket though so maybe they are changing the name completely so people don't think this will fit in an LGA 775 socket.

RE: Why?
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 2:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
The difference of the numbers '2' and '3' should be enough to tell it's not the same, I think. (Probably overrating the users ability to actually do so..:)

RE: Why?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 12:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
As well as what Mutz said, this is a very different architecture for Intel due to the IMC. I'm sure they want to point that out to consumers by keeping it separate from the Core line.

RE: Why?
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 12:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
In addition, they may try to push the Core 2 line towards a cheaper computing alternative for laptops and such without specifically saying that there is a newer "generation" that is better. Core 2s in laptops, especially at 45nm, should be fine for the low-end or mid-range and then they could price the dual- and quad-core i7s much higher.

RE: Why?
By Comdrpopnfresh on 8/12/2008 3:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
You can't just say Core Solo/Duo is the beginning and disregard everything before it.
Core and Core2 are P6, or Pentium Pro derivatives. Core was basically two Pentium M's on a die. Would you then call that Core 0? Well the Pentium M was based off of the P-III. So is the PIII now core-1?etc... etc. i7 is a departure from P6. i7 will be the basis of coming generational architectures.

I made a very good layout of Intel Arch. generations here->

Originally Posted by kyleb2112:
Intel says it's the 7th generation:

FYI: I didn't read or know of that article before I came to my own conclusion. I'm serial

Dunnington is a native hexa-core
By yomamafor1 on 8/11/2008 11:55:09 AM , Rating: 2
If Intel's unofficial die shot is to be believed, it looks like Dunnington has 6 cores on a die, rather than 3 penryn dies on a chip package.

RE: Dunnington is a native hexa-core
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 12:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, looks like three to me. The top two are facing each other, the third package is on the bottom right, and then there is a huge L3 cache next to that.

Nice find on the pictures though.

RE: Dunnington is a native hexa-core
By Master Kenobi on 8/11/2008 1:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, looks like 3 rather than 6. Maybe Tri-Core with HT enabled so you get 6 execution pipes.

RE: Dunnington is a native hexa-core
By ltcommanderdata on 8/11/2008 1:58:02 PM , Rating: 3
There are 6 cores there since it is 3 Penryn dies joined with an L3 cache and of course each Penryn is a dual core processor. And technically, isn't Dunnington just as "native" a multicore implementation as Nehalem or Phenom? Dunnington's cores are all packaged together in a single die and each of the 6 cores can communicate with each other over the shared L3 cache and not the FSB.

RE: Dunnington is a native hexa-core
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 2:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
No, Phenom is a native quad-core, each core has it's own cache and link to IMC; Dunnington and Core 2 predecessors are just dual-core packages glued together. It has nothing to do with communication of cores over the FSB. That's not how they work.

Dunnington is three Penryn Core 2 "packages" together. They compose one "processor" however there are a total of six cores. I believe the L3 cache is split on an "as needed" basis between each individual package.

i7 / windows 7 comarketing
By surt on 8/11/2008 11:48:44 AM , Rating: 3
I would guess the name is going to be part of a comarketing campaign for windows 7. Windows 7, runs best on i7 processors.

RE: i7 / windows 7 comarketing
By Radnor on 8/11/2008 12:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, i guess we can see a trend there.

When M$ launched Windows XP, AMD launched the Athlon XP.
This will be another gimmick for the Dells of the World.

RE: i7 / windows 7 comarketing
By WileCoyote on 8/11/2008 12:28:29 PM , Rating: 5
I disagree - the successor to Vista will not be called "Windows 7" since that is just the working name.

7 + 7 = 14
By dsuse on 8/11/2008 12:29:27 PM , Rating: 5
I think that surt's observation that the core i7 "name is going to be part of a comarketing campaign for windows 7. Windows 7, runs best on i7 processors", could be correct. Looks good on paper!

In any case, it looks like a bad decision in relation to the tiny little niche market which is China.

The Chinese view the number 7 as representing "death".

But the MOST unlucky number is viewed by the Chinese as 14, which means "certain death".

So the combination of an Intel core i7 processor, running Windows7
7 + 7 = 14.

So, I would think the Chinese will be running the Lucky "Red Flag Linux" if they dare to use Intel processors. Perhaps now is a good time to buy AMD shares while the stock is depressed.

Even if Microsoft comes out with a new moniker, they have already publicly labeled this as "Seventh generation Windows", which is probably more than sufficient grounds to initiate the Chinese bad-luck reaction. More marketing genius at work.

RE: 7 + 7 = 14
By DanoruX on 8/11/2008 1:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
Actually 4 represents death...

RE: 7 + 7 = 14
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 3:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, he's right, it is four not seven.

"The Chinese and the Japanese are superstitious about the number four because it is a homonym for "Death" in their languages..." -

My theory
By ImmortalZ on 8/11/2008 12:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have a theory. The P6 architecture (PPro->P3) is what morphed into the Core/Core2 (Banias/Dothan->Yonah->Conroe). Makes sense the successor has 7 in the name. What's the i for, well, Intel's i, or the IMC's i.

RE: My theory
By TechXYZ on 8/11/2008 1:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
Look up i486,i386,i286,.... . Might explain the i.

RE: My theory
By DanoruX on 8/11/2008 1:57:44 PM , Rating: 3

Works? :)

RE: My theory
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 3:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, BUT:
I'm not shure Intel would like 'nothing in here' though:

You people do realize
By General Disturbance on 8/11/2008 1:20:58 PM , Rating: 1
that "7" also stands for "T" in 1337 speak? Or am I wrong...I'm not as young as I used to be...

But in my mind as soon as I saw "Core i7" I read it as "Core It"
Core i7 = Core It. Yes/no?

RE: You people do realize
By FaceMaster on 8/11/2008 1:36:15 PM , Rating: 1

RE: You people do realize
By General Disturbance on 8/11/2008 5:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
RE: You people do realize
By FaceMaster on 8/12/2008 4:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
You actually think that Intel thinks 'Yeah let's call it CORE IT!!!'? Even Intel isn't that uncool. Even if you are.

RE: You people do realize
By Hawkido on 8/11/2008 2:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
OHH! they should have called it the:
"Official Intel Computer Unit 812"

Or OICU812 for short! LOL!

I makes myself gigglez!

quad core
By Silver2k7 on 8/11/2008 2:04:27 PM , Rating: 2
"new eight-core chips" isnt this misleading, when its a quad core chip with hyper threading..

RE: quad core
By Clauzii on 8/11/2008 2:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think they made some advancements/refinements to the HT known from P4, Yes?

RE: quad core
By noxipoo on 8/11/2008 5:32:33 PM , Rating: 2
yeah they have. we will see how great it is when this comes out.

The best damn explanation ever
By FITCamaro on 8/11/2008 5:02:24 PM , Rating: 2

7 squared = 49

There's been 6 previous versions of Intel processors(Pentium, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium IV, Core, Core 2).

49 - 6 = 43

Now remember the i. i = 1

43 - 1 = 42 which is the answer to everything!

RE: The best damn explanation ever
By DanoruX on 8/11/2008 5:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
How about 7 x 6 = 42?

Much simpler, no?

By FITCamaro on 8/11/2008 11:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
Mine is far more elaborate and thus cool. Quiet. :)

The I as in Ipod
By R0B0Ninja on 8/11/2008 3:02:52 PM , Rating: 2
By implying an "i" in the name of their new product, Intel is hoping to get a hype as big as the one leading up to the release of the i Phone.

I phone, I 7 (get it?)

I mean. Some chap at Intel's marketing department may just have noticed, the statistically products with an "i" at the beginning sell well and receive a lot of attention in mass media.

RE: The I as in Ipod
By walk2k on 8/11/2008 3:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
Never heard of the i386, i486 then?

i = intel

A few thoughts...
By Lazlo Panaflex on 8/11/2008 11:49:00 AM , Rating: 2
Call me crazy, but doesn't the naming convention seem like a step backward (Core 2 Duo---> "Core")? And since there's 8 logical cores, why not make it 'i8' instead of 'i7'?

Dunnington is single-die
By kostas213 on 8/11/2008 2:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
Dunnington six-core processor is a single-die design. It is just three Penryn (dual-core) dies with a L3 cache in a single piece of silicon.

The MHz wars are dead!!!!
By PitViper007 on 8/11/08, Rating: -1
RE: The MHz wars are dead!!!!
By HsiKai on 8/11/2008 12:46:28 PM , Rating: 3
Welcome to 2006. On your left are the Torino Winter Olympics and on your right are Socket F dual-core Opterons.

RE: The MHz wars are dead!!!!
By kyleb2112 on 8/11/2008 3:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
Heard of Mohave? You'll really like it.

RE: The MHz wars are dead!!!!
By PitViper007 on 8/14/2008 3:30:45 PM , Rating: 1
Hmm...Remind me not to attempt "tongue-in-cheek" humor again.

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