Linux and the i7 970
Subject: Processors | October 28, 2010 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is sometimes an assumption made when talking about Linux boxen that they are for low cost systems; one which is not really correct at all except for some bored and curious home users. Take Phoronix who are testing the Core i7 970 on Linux, a CPU that is anything but cheap. Apart from some remaining minor issues with the x58 chipset, this processor makes Linux hum.
"Intel will be introducing their first Sandy Bridge CPUs in the coming months, which we already know has
Linux graphics support well underway, but for now the top-end Intel desktop processors are the Gulftown CPUs
that were introduced earlier this year. The Gulftown CPUs boast six physical processing cores with Hyper
Threading to put the total thread count per CPU at 12. Besides putting 12 processing threads at your
disposal, these CPUs are built upon the 32nm die shrink of Nehalem and boast 12MB of L3 cache. The first
Gulftown desktop product to launch was the Intel Core i7 980X, which was quickly followed by the Core i7
970, and we now finally have the chance to test out this incredibly fast but expensive processor under
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