About a month ago, I was talking about the performance of
Vista Beta 2. In that entry, I mentioned how even though Vista seems a little
sluggish right now, every
version of Windows was been slow when it first shipped and that eventually
hardware manufacturers created powerful enough CPUs and systems that the
operating systems worked smoothly. At the end, I quipped that perhaps all we
needed to do was to wait for AMD and Intel to ship quad-core CPUs in order for
Vista performance to be acceptable.
Well, lo and behold Intel just
announced that its quad-core CPUs, the Cloverton for servers and Kentsfield
for desktops, would appear in late 2006 rather than in the first half of 2007
as originally planned. This timing means that quad-core processors will be
available just in time for Vistas final release.
By shipping quad-core processors this year, Intel also gets
the jump on AMD which wont have its quad-core processors ready until next
year. This will be the first time in quite a while that Intel has beaten AMD to
market with an advanced chip.
Once interesting thing to Intels quad-core CPU is the fact that
the article notes that the CPUs are essentially dual-dual-core CPUs and not
true quad-cores. What Intel is doing is configuring two dual core CPUs in such
a manner as they fit into once CPU socket. AMDs quad-core is supposed to be a true
So what I originally wrote in jest turned out to be fact.
Quad-core CPUs were always coming. It was just a matter of time, but Vista was
supposed to beat them to the market. Now it looks like there will be at least a
few quad-core systems waiting to greet Vista when it ships. I guess I should
have just said something about needing octo-core CPUs or something like that