IDF 2009: Clarkdale - Official benchmarks of the 32 nm dual-core CPU plus results of the integrated On Chip Graphics
Backstage at the IDF Intel has shown us the first benchmark results of the new 32 nanometer dual-core generation Clarkdale.
Before the benchmark results were revealed a presentation (see picture gallery below) showed the most important details of the Clarkdale: The forthcoming dual-core CPU series supports Hyper-Threading and offers a Turbo Mode as well as four MiByte L3 cache. Furthermore the processors are the first to feature an integrated graphics unit which is still produced in 45 nanometers and is placed on a different Die. The integrated memory controller is placed in the same location.
The Intel benchmarks compare a Clarkdale (3.33 GHz), a Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16 GHz) and a Core 2 Quad Q9400 (2.66 GHz). According to Intel the CPUs are taken from the same rice level, so the 3.33 GHz Clarkdale will probably cost about 160 Euros. While the new 32 nanometer CPU is working with DDR3-1333 RAM, the two other test systems are equipped with DDr2-800 memory (latencies of 5-5-5-18). The graphics workload was handled by the integrated graphics unit. Accordingly the Core 2 systems were using the X4500HD of the G45 chipset while the Clarkdale used the integrated graphics unit of the CPU.
According to the results delivered by Intel the on chip graphics of the Clarkdale is in 3DMark Vantage about 50 percent faster than the graphics unit of the G45 chipset - Intel does not reveal the exact 3DMark scores though. In the CPU test the older Core 2 Quad with its four cores is faster than the Clarkdale. The E8500 on the other hand is beaten by the new 32 nanometer processor. Apart from that the Q9400 is able to beat the Clarkdale in only on other test (SPEC int_rate).
Please note that we haven't run the benchmarks ourselves and thus cannot guarantee that the results are correct.
The first Clarkdale CPUs are expected to become available in Q1 2010.
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