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Lynnfield has arrived

Posted on 2nd Jul 2009 at 16:52 by James Gorbold with 16 comments

James Gorbold
We just thought you’d like to know that a pair of Lynnfield CPUs arrived in the office today. Lynnfield is the codename for the second generation Nehalem-architecture CPUs that will replace the Core 2 later this year (for more on its actual retail branding, you can read our recent news story).

Lynnfield CPUs differ from current Core i7 CPUs such as the i7-975 in that they have four physical cores, but only the top two models will have logical Hyper-Threaded cores - lower spec Lynnfields will not support Hyper-Threading at all. In addition Lynnfield has a dual-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller instead of supporting triple-channel DDR3. As a result of these changes, Lynnfield CPUs will ship with LGA1156 packaging, so will not work in existing LGA1366 Core i7 or LGA775 Core 2 motherboards.

We’re still waiting for some motherboards to arrive, so you'll have to wait a little longer for any benchmark results.

In the meantime you can feast your eyes on these rather delicious looking CPUs.

Lynnfield has arrived Lynnfield in the house
Lynnfield has arrived Lynnfield in the house

At Intel's request we've obscured the model numbers, but we can confirm that the samples we have are the highest frequency model of Lynnfield.

Lynnfield has arrived Lynnfield in the house

Here's the same Lynnfield (left) shot next to a a LGA1366 Core i7-965 (right). As you can see, Lynnfield is a fair bit smaller than Core i7.

Lynnfield has arrived Lynnfield in the house

Past, present and future. From left to right, a LGA775 Core 2, a LGA1366 Core i7 and a LGA1156 Lynnfield.

As soon as Intel gives us the go ahead to publish some benchmark results, hopefully towards the end of the month, you’ll be the first to know.

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KayinBlack 2nd July 2009, 17:10 Quote
Neat. Now run it against a Phenom II to settle who wins in mainstream.

BTW, anyone know what all the lands on the top of the package are for?
azrael- 2nd July 2009, 17:17 Quote
This probably won't interest anyone but me, but could you check if Lynnfield supports ECC memory? :)
Lizard 2nd July 2009, 17:19 Quote
Sure thing - as soon as we have fired it up I'll give it a try with the ECC DDR3 I have left over from the Xeon W5580 review.
azrael- 2nd July 2009, 17:28 Quote
Kewl! Thanks! :D
Sir Digby 2nd July 2009, 19:32 Quote
Will you be testing the effects of only having 16 pci-e lanes for graphics?
yakyb 2nd July 2009, 23:30 Quote
i will almost certainly be buying one / two of these
bigkingfun 2nd July 2009, 23:52 Quote
I still cannot see how 2 different sockets can be win?
I really liked starting out with a small cpu when coffers was empty.
dicobalt 3rd July 2009, 00:32 Quote
I couldn't help but notice that the IHS appears to have less contact area and it isn't nearly as uniform either. I wonder if this could cause it to pop off while under extreme conditions?
Ghosthud1 3rd July 2009, 01:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by dicobalt
I couldn't help but notice that the IHS appears to have less contact area and it isn't nearly as uniform either. I wonder if this could cause it to pop off while under extreme conditions?

im guessing the too lips at the side compramise it
dicobalt 3rd July 2009, 17:12 Quote
Also, what's with all the contacts on the top of the cpu package? Why are they there? Or are they there for thermal reasons?
Skiddywinks 3rd July 2009, 19:06 Quote
Delicious looking CPUs? They all look the freakin' same! Except for the sizes, of course.
r4tch3t 4th July 2009, 04:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by KayinBlack
Neat. Now run it against a Phenom II to settle who wins in mainstream.

BTW, anyone know what all the lands on the top of the package are for?
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Originally Posted by dicobalt
Also, what's with all the contacts on the top of the cpu package? Why are they there? Or are they there for thermal reasons?
They would most likely be test contacts so that they can test the CPUs before shipping them. The ones on top may give extra information on voltages or something.
yakyb 8th July 2009, 16:01 Quote
when is the review coming?
azrael- 8th July 2009, 17:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
when is the review coming?
I'd say as soon as the NDA expires...
yakyb 9th July 2009, 10:05 Quote
anyone know when that is?
GigaMan 11th July 2009, 09:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
anyone know when that is?

We hope end of this month (July)
Can't wait for the test result.
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