The long wait has finally come to an end, the Nehalem processor is released and the kind folks from Intel Malaysia were kind enough to invite us to the launch event, held on 20th November 2008.
An interesting choice of venue I must say, holding the event in a car showroom certainly helps in visualizing the power of the Core i7 processor. And it’s not your Perodua or Proton showroom, this is a BMW Showroom at Sapura Auto Sdn Bhd!
The event began with a short welcome remark the lovely Emcee who happens to remind me of Geena Davis, and also Encik Mohar Ibrahim who is the CEO of Sapura Auto Sdn. Bhd.
The session was then handed for Mr Ryaz Patel, Country Manager of Intel Malaysia. Ryaz touched of various topics such as a brief detail on Intel, how it has progressed and what is the current and upcoming progress to be seen from Intel.
After addressing all the key points, Channel Platform Manager of Intel Malaysia – Mr Tan Guan Boon, was ushered to showcase the Intel Core i7 with some live benchmarking and overclocking as well.
In the overclocking showcase, Mr. Tan was assisted by our local overclocking heroes sup3rfly and coolice from breakthelimit.net .
Here’s the setup for overclocking capability. The unit was cooled by using liquid nitrogen. Think TERMINATOR 2! 🙂
Then there was also a short testimonial session from our local rock band – Naked Breed. (Does it sound sexy?)
The session ended with handing of plaque as a token of appreciation to the partners.
For the media, we were granted an extra (a short one too!) Q&A session with Mr. Tan and Mr. Patel.
While we were having our Q&A session, here’s what the rest were doing ……
And lastly, there was a LUCKY DRAW but I wasn’t the lucky one that day………. as usual.
So, fancy getting this new processor? 🙂
My Thought of the Intel Core i7
It’s new, it’s powerful. It runs on X58 motherboard, it uses DDR3, it has QPI, it supports both nVidia’s SLI and ATi’s Crossfire – great isn’t it?
Personally, I don’t think it’s something you should rush to purchase unless you have really deep pockets and just have the urge to own the latest piece of technology that’ll no doubt drop in price in a couple of months.
Let’s have a look, – from what I gathered, the cheapest X58 motherboard is around RM 1,200. A 1066Mhz 4GB Kit DDR3 RAM costs around RM 700 and could go more than RM 1,000 for those with higher speed. So that’s more than enough money there to get you a very capable gaming setup.
According to Intel, the i7-965 (3.20Ghz) is around $999 USD. The i7-940 (2.93Ghz) at $562 USD and the i7-920 (2.66Ghz) at $284 USD. Let’s assuming the exchange rate is at 3.6, so we’re looking at RM 1022 for the 920 and RM 3,600 for the i7-965. Given a choice, I personally would settle for an i7-920 and hunt for good motherboard + DDR3 combo, if any. 🙂
And what good is a Core i7 setup if we do not utilize it’s awesome processing power and multiple graphic card ability. So assuming one is to run multiple graphic card, it wouldn’t make sense to run multiple mid-range cards like 9800GTX+ or HD4850, wouldn’t it? And to have multiple graphic cards of the higher range could set a person back at least RM 2,000.
Good stuff? A resounding YES!
The price? As you can see, the cost involved to setup a decent Core i7-based PC could actually be used to settle the down-payment for a car and have enough to pay for at least 1 year of installment. 🙂