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Lynnfield Lab update

Posted on 21st Aug 2009 at 10:52 by Richard Swinburne with 7 comments

Richard Swinburne
Yeah I'm going to tease you all a little again.

We've been running numbers for the last two weeks for both magazine and online coverage of Lynnfield - you'll get the full package all together in Issue 74 of CPC, and of course, for bit-tech we'll be there with the info throughout September (depends on Intel's NDA as to exactly when). Custom PC readers will get a different experience to those just reading bit-tech, but we've carefully designed it so everyone will be informed.

On the test bench has been all the upcoming Lynnfield CPUs - retail boxed ones - and a selection of P55 motherboards, including the MSI P55 GD65, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 and Asus P7P55 Deluxe with the MSI P55 GD80, Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 and ECS P55 (possibly) reviewed at a later date.

Features we've got in store for you are a breakdown of the new CPU architecture, how much does HyperThreading and TurboBoost affect performance, and a look at the P55 chipset.

We've also written a Lynnfield PCI Express gaming performance article, comparing it to Intel's older P45 and X58 chipsets - including single GPU, SLI and CrossFire tests across several games. And it was all done until Nvidia kindly informed us there would be new SLI drivers later this month... *sigh*...

But wait, that's not all! We're also planning an overclocking guide for a few of the motherboards with two different CPUs, going through the limitations of each and what gives potentially the best overclock. Both Asus and MSI have given us access to their own in-house OC-testing, so we'll include some of this data along with our own conclusions to give you the complete picture.

On the memory front we're testing how different memory frequencies affect Lynnfield performance using modules from Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, OCZ and G.Skill, from 1,600MHz CL8 to (right now) 2,400MHz CL9, with the G.Skill Perfect Storm 2,200MHz kit - the same one that's winning OC records, according to the PR I got earlier.

Lynnfield Lab update

I haven't finished testing the limits of that yet - it's just getting a little too warm in our lab this afternoon so I'll try again in the morning. We should also be getting some equally high performance kits in from other companies in the next few weeks too - including some special new Dominators from Corsair!

As you've already seen, we've already published the Lynnfield CPU cooler roundup, but we're also waiting to receive some mounting brackets from other companies such as Noctua to hopefully get some better thermal results. Right now we're using the Zalman X10 Extremes which are.. OK, but honestly, I'm dying for a TRUE or Corsair H50 bracket so we can squeeze the voltages on our CPUs a little higher.

For those not giving a sausage about Intel's new baby, we've also got new 785G boards from Asus and ECS currently testing, some coverage of the fantastically cheap and cheerful MSI 770X-C45, plus a few more cases and some other surprises too.

Phew!! Anyone know how to make a few more hours in the day? I think I need another cup of tea...

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Hugo 21st August 2009, 12:39 Quote
So if you're doing this, who's taking the "how long after we post before someone in the forum asks a question answered in the article" bets?
wuyanxu 21st August 2009, 12:56 Quote
on some motherboard, they have LGA775 holes so you should be able to use TRUE or H50?

would love to have an article that recommends which is the best value for p55. just like Abit iP35 Pro won on P35, thus i bought it.
tejas 21st August 2009, 13:34 Quote
Lynnfield and P55 mobos are already on sale in the US and China. Yet Intel insists on this pointless NDA.

@ Intel
Lift it already so we can find out how it performs!
Xir 21st August 2009, 14:03 Quote
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Custom PC readers will get a different experience to those just reading bit-tech, but we've carefully designed it so everyone will be informed.

Hands up, who made this prophecy when we learned about your acquisition?
wgriff@att.net 21st August 2009, 18:05 Quote
It would be helpful if you tested how two cores w/ HyperThreading compare with four cores w/o HyperThreading.
Bindibadgi 21st August 2009, 18:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by wgriff@att.net
It would be helpful if you tested how two cores w/ HyperThreading compare with four cores w/o HyperThreading.

I think that's impossible until true 2+2 32nm products arrive. And I don't really see why either to be honest..
shaffaaf27 22nd August 2009, 03:14 Quote
quad SLI and CF needs to be compared with a 4GHz i7 vs 4GHZ c2q vs 4Gzi5, PLEASE :)
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