PCWizKid remembers a year ago the hit Core i7 processor came out making them the fastest CPU's on the planet. The only drawback for some is its price tag. A year later and Intel answers back with the release of the Core i5 with the Lynnfield core. The Intel Core i5 brings the next level of technology at a cheaper price point, this is what we have all been waiting for. Getting more performance does not have to be expensive and it seems Intel has realized that with this so called mainstream performer. The reason I say mainstream is because the Core i7's still dominate and have better overall performance. Having said that, lets see what we can get with a Core i5 and if its even worth getting a Core i7 at this point in time. Come 2010 the new chips will be rolling in and original Core i7's with Bloomfield cores will be the past.
The Core i5 processor is of the first multi-core designs from Intel to have its cores joined in a single die rather than to join multiple cores together. This potentially speeds up operations with multiple program threads by cutting back on the time spent moving data between cores.
Four x86 processing cores
Dual-channel DDR3 memory controller specified to run DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 modules
PCWizKid is definitely impressed how Intel finally has brought something new and refreshing to the processor market to compete for roughly 200 USD against AMD's latest Phenom II 955 and 965 processors. It's priced right and opens up overclocking processing power. The Lynnfield core cpu's prove to be a very promising processor series offering a terrific user experience. As seen in the video review the performance certainly is there, the flexibility you get most definitely is and the tweaking potential from 2.6Ghz to 4Ghz was truly awesome. The combination of this CPU with the P55-GD80 motherboard from MSI makes this system a smart alternative to the Core i7 or the AMD Phenom II's mentioned.