Say hello to the Core i7 chip family. Catchy, isn't it?
Nehalem-nee-i7 will bring Intel into the age of modern system architectures, where Advanced Micro Devices
If the last paragraph sounded like egghead mumbo-jumbo, just know this: The new Intel platform will handle multiprocessor systems much, much better than the Core 2 family does.
This erases another bastion where AMD was leading, with superior memory controllers. And Intel is using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process (while AMD is still making 65-nm chips). It's an eternal game of cat-and-mouse, where AMD has been looking better lately, but i7 could change the game again when it's released in the fourth quarter.
Of course; that's not all there is to the i7 changeover. New power management features should please owners of huge data centers, like Google
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