First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

Summary: Though not due to be released for several more months, an early copy of an Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processor has reached the bench of enthusiast site AnandTech, which has duly reported the results of its testing. While those result s are extremely preliminary, it looks like it can lap most of today's Core i7 processors at a lower price point and requiring less power.

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Though not due to be released for several more months, an early copy of an Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processor has reached the bench of enthusiast site AnandTech, which has duly reported the results of its testing. While those result s are extremely preliminary, it looks like it can lap most of today's Core i7 processors at a lower price point and requiring less power. Its integrated graphics -- built straight onto the die -- are also impressive enough that budget discrete video cards could be headed toward extinction.

AnandTech obtained the Core i5 2400, which runs at 3.1GHz, but its version did not have Turbo Mode enabled (which will boost each core to 3.4GHz when needed). It did, however, have Hyper-Threading enabled for Intel partners who may require it for their own internal testing. So the site could test something the finished product won't have (Hyper-Threading), but couldn't test the Turbo Mode feature the final version will possess. AnandTech believes it has determined that its test CPU has two graphics cores, each with six execution units (EUs), which will apparently be standard on mobile Sandy Bridge units, but only select desktop processors will be similarly configured. (Otherwise, only a single-core GPU will be included).

In the off chance that AnandTech tested a version with only a single-core GPU, AMD and Intel frenemy Nvidia should be truly concerned. That's because the graphics benchmarks not only showed that Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics are far superior to previous integrated graphics solutions, but were also on par with a budget discrete card like the Radeon HD 5450. In other words, it can offer playable frame rates at low settings (and low resolutions) for games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and Dawn of War II. It won't satisfy most gamers, but it means you can smoothly play World of Warcraft on a mainstream laptop without a lot of hiccups (though not with many graphical flourishes).

As for the CPU itself, the i5 2400 managed to play runner-up to the Core i7 980X Extreme in most benchmarks, though in some cases it trailed the Core i7 880 when Hyper-Threading wasn't enabled. It routinely bested the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, AMD's fastest desktop processor.

Since this isn't a final production chip, there's bound to be some discrepancies between these first benchmarks and test results produced from Intel-delivered evaluation copies. Nonetheless, this "mainstream" CPU (according to Intel's own roadmap) could be providing most of the performance of a $1,000 Extreme six-core one for a fraction of the price. That will put enormous pressure on AMD's forthcoming Bulldozer architecture, as AMD may not be able to play the "more for less" card against Sandy Bridge. That should make next year a fascinating one for followers of the latest processor skirmish developing between AMD and Intel.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Processors

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  • Sandy Bridge is BIG and it slurps electricity

    Intel is going to have to resume its "bribes and coercion" to get computer manufacturers to accept the Sandy Bridge's large size and high heat generation.
    RichardEich
    • I see you have a reading problem.

      @mgcguy

      Is that just your "I hate Intel" speech?
      NoAxToGrind
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      @mgcguy Actually, it looks pretty good as far as power consumption goes. See the link Sean gave.

      For some odd reason my other post got deleted??
      CobraA1
      • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

        why Sandy Bridge, See new AMD's 18 W dual Core mainstream processor and its power consumption is jus 9 W per core. Go for more
        AMD to show of its third APU - Zacate 18W Mainstrem Processor
        http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/amd-to-show-of-its-third-apu-zacate-18w.html
        inspirearun@...
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      @mgcguy

      Not really... remember, this is supposed to REPLACE a discrete graphics solution as well, so once you take the heat that those make and factor them into the equation? This is a no-brainer to use for most companies.
      Lerianis10
      • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

        It actually means low end discrete graphics, the heat isn't big problem there, most of the low end graphic card has passive cooling, if it meant for high end graphic then it will be different story.
        www.kwpang.com
        kwpang.my
      • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

        @kwpang.my

        Yeah, but judging from the heat readings I get off those 'passive cooling low end graphics cards'.... they really need some ACTIVE COOLING! I'm talking 80C temperatures here, just on the side of not having a hard lockup from graphics card overheating.

        From what I have seen, the 'cool' of low end discrete graphics is dramatically overstated.
        Lerianis10
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      GO FOR MORE ON PICTURES OF AMD RADEON HD 6770
      and INTEL SANDYBRIDGE PROCESSOR BENCHMARK SAYS HEAT GENERATION ARE HIGH
      http://lensfire.blogspot.com/search/label/leaked%20news
      inspirearun@...
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      GO FOR MORE ON PICTURES OF AMD RADEON HD 6770
      and INTEL SANDYBRIDGE PROCESSOR IN COMPETITION TO BULLDOZER, BENCHMARK SAYS MORE DETAILS ON HEAT GENERATION
      http://lensfire.blogspot.com/search/label/leaked%20news
      inspirearun@...
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      @mgcguy

      Umm.. Guess again Ha Ha
      j-mccurdy@...
  • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

    "Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete"<br><br>LOL.<br><br>Integrated graphics suck, and have never made low-end cards obsolete in my experience. I'm gonna withhold judgement until more people benchmark it.<br><br>Considering I don't know the details of the "benchmarks," I'm <b>not</b> gonna just assume they are accurate.<br><br>"It wont satisfy most gamers, but it means you can smoothly play World of Warcraft on a mainstream laptop without a lot of hiccups (though not with many graphical flourishes)."<br><br>WoW has graphical flourishes? Maybe in the Cataclysm beta, but otherwise it's basically a 2004 game with '90s era graphics. You can run it on pretty much any machine. That game never really pushed anything to its limits.
    CobraA1
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      @CobraA1

      At least read the damn article before posting.
      LP212
    • re: WoW on Sandy Bridge graphics

      @CobraA1

      I am sure that WoW is not among the most graphically intensive game but there will still be huge improvements under Sandybridge for laptop users with integrated graphics and low-level discrete mobile graphics chips. Mainstream laptops (e.g. laptops not specifically designed for games that use Intel integrated graphics) are going to be able to play World of Warcraft at much better settings then before. My laptop isn't from the 90s but it is 4 years old and even with a discrete 256MB ATI mobile GPU chip can only run WoW at low settings. The introduction of Sandybridge is great news for casual gamers.
      dpbert
  • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i

    Entry level gpus will just be increaed to lower midrange gpus, AMD > unleash the Bulldozer ! And the 6000 series Radeon gpu.
    aberkae
  • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

    Graphics cards are VERY VERY unreliable parts. In fact, they are one of the most common parts to fail in a setup. Now that they are including the GPU on die?
    Another part to fail that is MUCH less reliable than CPU's.

    Going to a CPU/GPU package is the definition of insanity, in my opinion, until graphics chips become much more reliable and have a function to 'throttle back' if they get too hot.

    I cannot COUNT the number of times my gaming class notebook has hard locked because of graphics chip heat issues.
    Lerianis10
  • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

    INTEL'S NEW SANDY BRIDGE PROCESSOR CRUSHED THE UPCOMING AMD'S BULL DOZER PROCESSOR AND ALSO EXPELLED ITS OWN NEHALEM PROCESSOR.

    GO FOR MORE
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/search/label/tech
    inspirearun@...
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      @inspirearun@... No way I'm going to any blog sites you mention, because I bet you stupidly type upper case there as well!
      I am Gorby
      • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

        @I am Gorby DON'T YOU KNOW THAT CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL
        nucrash
    • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

      Apologies this was a duplicate post, I accidentally hit Reply button twice.
      pvsutton
  • RE: First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete

    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 leaked
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/nvidia-geforce-gts-450-leaked.html
    inspirearun@...