Fastest Intel Consumer Processor

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  1. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    What is the fastest processor (in terms if clock speed, cores etc.) made by Intel?

    I know I have put this in the mac pro section. There isn't really a proper forum for Hardware.
     
  2. Topper macrumors 65816

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    Purely a guess on my part but I'll say Intel's Core i7 965 Extreme processor.
    It's been overclocked as high as 4.2GHz.

    The Core i7 965 is PC only.

    In another month or so I believe Intel is bringing out the Core i7 975 Extreme processor.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The 3.2GHz Nehalems.

    Core i7 965, Xeon W3580 and Xeon W5580. The Core i7 975 Topper mentioned has a stock speed of 3.33GHz.
     
  4. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    Beckton is going to b friggin fast, but it is not a consumer processor; it is meant for quad-socket servers. And actually it is not available yet.

    The fastest current offering from Intel is the Core i7 Extreme at 3.2GHz, or the equivalent Xeon 3570 or Xeon 5570. All are 3.2GHz, and the latter two could find their way into a current model Mac Pro (single or dual socket, respectively)
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    By that definition, the Mac Pro's processors aren't consumer processors. Xeon is not a consumer brand at all, putting the Bloomfield line as the fastest processor.
     
  6. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    I goofed, the 5570 is only 2.93GHz. Looks like 5580 is the Xeon at 3.2GHz.
     
  7. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    How true! If we had the Core i7 available in the Mac, with correspondingly lower prices, I have a feeling there would be a lot more Mac users.
     
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    They have been overclocked past 5.5GHz.
     
  10. Topper macrumors 65816

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    That is truly amazing. [​IMG]
    That's got to be the best gaming processor.
     
  11. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    If the W3570 ever shows up in e-tailer channels, we should get a Workstation part that can manage it too. :D

    (Just ignore the erroneous data and the smoke). :eek: :p
     
  12. macuser154 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What is the fastest processor made by Intel, full stop.
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Beckton. It isn't available yet, but Beckton.

    If you want something available, 3.2GHz Gainestown. End of story.
     
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    Mentioning it now is just evil. ;) :D :p
     
  15. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Beckton will probably be slower at a number of tasks due to FB-DIMMs and slower clockspeeds.
     
  16. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Quite possible, but FB-DIMM2 will hopefully help. :) Now to find a way around the under clocking... :D :p
     
  17. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    Current processors or history?

    Wasn't there an Intel Xeon mobile chip at 3.8?
     
  18. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The highest clock speeds Intel have sold were 3.8GHz Pentium 4s but these would be out performed by core 2 processors over 2GHz.
     
  19. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Frequency is absolutely meaningless.
     
  20. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. Back in the day the only serious computers had RISC processors and pc's were not much more than calculators. My how times have changed.
     
  21. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Out of curiosity, is there any chance that new Mac Pros will be Becktons, or is  leaving FB-DIMM technology behind forever? Obviously none of you know for sure, but educated guesses? I'm just curious.
     
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    but those cost over 50% more than the i7 965 3.2 GHz Bloomfield. is it worth the price?
     
  23. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    If you go for the Workstation parts (W3570 @3.2GHz), it sells for the same price in quantity. It's just the i7 965 with ECC added. ;)

    Though they're shipping in systems, I've not found any available in retail channels yet. :(
     
  24. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    Or OC an i7 920; they're easily clocking to 4 Ghz, even with only air cooling. I haven't read any current OC stories on 940's or 965's. Should be impressive.
     

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