GC 2008: New info about Intel's mobile Quad Core QX9300
Intel doesn’t stick to the IDF in San Francisco, but also uses the Games Convention to introduce new products. The mobile Quad Core QX9300 for example. Carsten Spille was on site.
Like the Core 2 Duo processors (T8400 for example), the QX9300 has Intel’s Dynamic Acceleration – but for two cores. With this technique the clock speed of the one core is increased, while the clock speed of the other core is lowered. Applications that are optimized to single-core processors receive a benefit from higher clock speed. The power consumption and the TDP do not vary.
Also new: the Intel ETU. This abbreviation stands for Extreme Tuning Utility and is said to offer several options. For example the CPU can be overclocked – in the demonstration on the GC the QX9300 ran at 3 Gigahertz.
Intel presented some benchmarks that should emphasize the performance capabilities of the mobile Quad Core. In World in Conflict the processor is even slower than the compared X9100, but in all the other benchmarks, the new CPU does much better.
In addition to the benchmarks the Trinity game engine, which calculates physics and particle effects on the CPU, was presented, too. The Quad Core CPU reaches much better result than the Dual Core in multi-threading optimized applications like that.
Notebooks are said to be produced by well-known OEMs, but with a TDP of 45 watt the QX9300 won’t be installed into subnotebooks. But even this laptop sector is bound to switch to four cores in the future.
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