Intel's V8 platform reviewed: are 8-cores for you?

The idea of running your rig with 8-cores working their magic has already been available in various forms, but Intel is apparently hoping to effectively fire back at AMD's Quad FX with the unveiling of the V8 platform. Reviewers found that flexing the muscles of twin Xeon processors provided speed that was simply unparalleled in several testing scenarios, but for common jobs such as 3D gaming and unzipping gigabytes of data, the setup essentially fell flat on its face. Sure, blasting past competition in SiSoft Sandra XI and POV-Ray 3.7 is admirable, but unless you're looking to whisk away your day crunching AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max (read: working), this V8 isn't likely to be worth the investment. Notably, the reviewers were flabbergasted by the peaks and valleys in performance depending on what application was being critiqued, so be sure and hit the read link for the full skinny if you've got this one tabled on your must-have list.

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ben hates you4742d ago

need to release what requirements are needed for top settings, that way i can waste probley another 7000 on a new computer

kewlkat0074742d ago

As far as Applications, were just not there yet. Great number cruncher tho..This would be useless for games and such if someone was to own.

Odion4742d ago

oh look something more powerful then Cell, where are those people who said it was futureproof

DJ4742d ago (Edited 4742d ago )

Intel's 8-core processor falls flat on its face when running real applications; it's obvious that x86 architecture needs to be scrapped if AMD or Intel expect to compete with the Cell Broadband Engine, let alone its future successors. With Cell, a 3-year old processor, running 22x faster than the fastest new Xeon processor, you know STI (sony/toshiba/IBM) did something right.

Fart_Bubbles4742d ago (Edited 4742d ago )

next gen processors require next gen programmers.

if only xbots would realize this simple truth they wouldn't look so ignorant.

kevin4742d ago (Edited 4742d ago )

man it really matters not if the thing has cores but the cell is made up of processors, which means it can render graphics that look even better than this

Silvia0074742d ago

Is it just me or is that just nasty... anyway, cell is a nice processor, I'd prefer the cell in my computer then two quads.

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