Intel Core Microarchitecture - Page 5

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After examining the features of Intelís new Core microarchitecture, it is clear that they have taken a step in the right direction. Intel now has the capabilities to bring back a level playing field to the processor market, and to possibly gain back some of the enthusiast community that it lost so long ago to AMD. Intel has addressed many of the issues that were prevalent on the NetBurst processors, namely increasing IPC as well as lowering the power consumption.

According to the Intel data sheets, the TDP for the Core 2 Extreme is 75W, and 65W for the Core 2 Duo. This is a huge improvement from the TDPís that the previous generation microarchitectures allowed for. One of the features of the Core microarchitecture that wasnít covered in previous sections is the fact that Intel has developed a mere 14 stage pipeline for the Core microarchitecture. On the last NetBurst processors, we had a 31 stage pipeline designed to keep the execution cores fed. One problem with deep pipelines is they inherently eat up power. Intel has more than halved the depth of the pipeline in the Core microarchitecture, thereby offering further power use reductions from the power gating and others improvements that have been made.

Although these processors look like gold on paper, only real world results will tell us the true case. Iím sure many of you have already seen the performance results from numerous other reviews that have popped up today, but we will hold off our final opinion on this new microarchitecture for a few days. Weíll be examining the overall performance of both the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors over the next few days, so be sure to check back in for those results. Until then, thanks for reading!