Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Nov 2008 13:32 UTC
Intel Not too long ago, Intel unleashed Nehalem, or Core i7, upon the world. The new Core i7 chips are not just new processors; they also introduce an entirely new platform, and this combination produces some impressive performance figures, according to Ars Technica. "The new performance gap between Nehalem and pretty much everything else of comparable cost is the result of upgrades to both the CPUs core architecture and the platform on which the multicore chip now runs." Respected in-depth review sites AnandTech and Tom's Hardware agree with Ars' findings.
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Part of the strength of OSX is that it's lowest supported CPU is a core duo (sse3 capable), and thus everything can make use of the features present in these cpus without worrying.

Other systems tend to run on much older CPUs, and thus can't use such features without having inefficient cpu detection code and multiple code paths, which is usually only done for a very small sections of code.

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Part of the strength of OSX is that it's lowest supported CPU is a core duo (sse3 capable)

Um, no. If by 'OSX' you refer only to Intel Macs, the Mac Mini MA205LL/A has an Intel Core Solo T1200. Obviously Mac OS X supports ppc also (Snow Leopard has not been released yet).

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