LinkNehalem is coming! but only die hard overclockers will have bucks to get them… It is said Intel will unveil X58 and Bloomfield in the end of this year, that’s good. But according to Intel’s updated roadmap, we normal users have to wait till 09Q3 then get our hands on with Ibex Peak platform. Different from the Bloomfield mobo X58 we already know, the Ipex Peak platform will only use Lynnfield CPU, because it uses LGA 1160 socket.
Similar to Bloomfield, Lynnfield is a native quad core CPU, supports SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading), has 8MB Shared Cache. The main difference is Lynnfield will only supports Dual Channel DDR3, and Bloomfield supports Tri Channel. What’s more, Lynnfield have PCI Express interconnection inside, make it totally supports PCIe 2.0 X16, or dual PCIe 2.0 x8 crossfire.
X58 features Quick Path Interconnect, but Ibex Peak doesn’t. Ibex Peak will only use the old DMI (Direct Media Interface) link, peak speed will be 2GT/s, which is totally enough for southbridge connection.
Intel still need a year to polish the platform so let’s wait and see.