INTEL has showcased at CES a system capable of hosting 8 cores onto a single motherboard. While many knew that this was actually possible, it is a surprise nevertheless. To give you some details, let me say that the â€œV8â€ platform that was showcased today is similar to the one that is being used in Appleâ€™s Mac Pro systems.
Last year when the Macs were launched, the idea was to offer real quad core systems motive for which two dual-core Xeons were used to turn the concept into reality. At the moment, quad-core Xeons existed only on papers but when they came out, users replaced the older dual cores with the newcomers and obtained eight-core home computers.
The system runs at 2.4GHz and uses a 1066MHz FSB. The motherboard is loaded with FB-DIMM memory with the V8 producing a 3DMark 06 CPU score of 6089 points. The showcased system uses a single NVIDIA 8800GTX graphics card because of the limits imposed by INTELâ€™s architecture.
As opposed to that, AMDâ€™s Quad FX platform uses 2 dual-core CPUs but they can work with regular memory rather than Fully Buffered DIMMs. Unfortunately, AMDâ€™s system is much slower than INTELâ€™s in a wide range of application. The same CPU test found in 3DMark 06 only credits the Quad FX with about 3700 points which is very low indeed.
Moreover, the Clovertons use less power than the FX-74 CPUs, so the system is easier to live with. The cooling system is rather plain compared to AMDâ€™s custom built one but as Iâ€™ve said, the INTELs are way ahead, at least at this moment. And AMD doesnâ€™t have a single CPU that can compete with INTELâ€™s V8.
However, one must not forget that AMD already has working Barcelona CPUs (codename for AMDâ€™s quad cores). No one knows when they will come out but I guess it will happen as soon as possible. Until then, itâ€™s INTEL mayhem.