More Bloomfield tests surface, this time 2.93GHz
The most significant of these features is QuickPath, which is a brand new link architecture very similar to AMD?s HyperTransport, and getting rid of the front-side bus (FSB) system altogether.
What this means for enthusiasts is that old methods of overclocking will no longer work with Nehalem. What will happen is that the connection between the CPU and the northbridge (X58 MCH), will be based on an external clock multiplier running at 133 MHz. At this time, with an early X58 sample motherboard on hand, we?re still unable to change this frequency, but our motherboard sources tell us that this is a feature that will be available via the system BIOS once things go into full production.
Today however, we were able to really play around with a 2.93 GHz quad-core ?Nehalem? processor. Unfortunately, we were not able to test the system for long, and therefore very little comparison could be made to another system. However, we did manage to run the chip through some common synthetic benchmarks. We will definitely be providing a full performance review.