During the past couple of days, quite a few friends and acquaintances asked me about the differences in packaging between Core 2 and i7 series of processors. It seems that there is belief that there is no need to replace the motherboard (huh? New CPU Socket people – yes, you have to replace the motherboard).
But also, I failed to find a good Core 2 vs. i7 vs. Phenom shot on the internet, so there you go.
On the left, we have AMD Phenom X4 9850+ Black Edition, middle spot is taken by Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 and Core i7 Extreme 965 is on the right. As you can see in the picture above, this is one of largest Intel CPUs, if we exclude Slot 1 processors.
But even more important than Socket LGA-1366 is the fact that this baby packs some serious horsepower. I will deploy this Core i7 as the main rig from now on, and my Spider system (Phenom 9950BE, ASUS 790GX) is going to take a role of development server for the new site. This weekend will be fun, putting 64-bit Windows Server 2008, Adobe’s Creative Studio 4 Master Collection, .NET 3.5, Eclipse and Silverlight 2 SDK and other shenanigans. 😉