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19 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 to include Hyper-Threading enhancements

After the long reign of the Pentium D and Core 2 processor series, Intel's Hyper-Threading technology made a comeback late last year with the Core i7. Apparently, Microsoft felt inclined to tweak its next operating system to take better advantage of the technology. So points out InformationWeek, quoting a speech Microsoft Windows development chief Bill Veghte gave at the TechEd conference earlier this week:

The second thing that we're excited to announce in terms of the cooperation and the work that's been done is around hyper-threading. And obviously the work that Intel has done around hyper-threading across a multi-core system is absolutely critical for you. And so the work that we've done in Windows 7 in the scheduler and in the core of the system to take full advantage of those capabilities, ultimately we think together we can deliver a great and better experience for you. advantage

As you'll know if you perused our Core i7 review (or our evaluation of the original 3.06GHz Pentium 4), Hyper-Threading is an implementation of simultaneous multithreading that allows processors to juggle two logical threads per physical core.

The Core i7 may be somewhat of a niche choice due to high platform costs right now, but Intel also plans to feature Hyper-Threading in 45nm Lynnfield quad-core derivatives later this year, not to mention 32nm Westmere dual-core offerings shortly after that. Both variants should find their way into notebooks, too.

good news for all you i7 users......


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19 May 2009   #2
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Kudos. Nice find and very good news, indeed.
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19 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 7100 build


Now I just need to get a i7
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19 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Only if I had the money for a Core i7... but nice news indeed.
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19 May 2009   #5


I love my i7!

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19 May 2009   #6
xan K

Windows 7 x64

i7, windows7: mmhmm....
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19 May 2009   #7

Windows 7, RTM x64

I would so buy an i7, but then i wouldnt need to get another mobo... then i would want the DDR3 ram instead of my DDR2...

Hell might as well get all new parts. So, im stuck w/o an i7 cause i dont have 1k$

But good news for when i do get 1k!!
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19 May 2009   #8

Windows XP

Hyperthreading yields anywhere from 10 to 30% performance increases / core; the Pentium 4 w/ HT offered 10 to 30% and it was a single physical core.

I expect to see a 100% performance increase with the i7 from XP (supposedly not HT optimized) to 7. Realistic?
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19 May 2009   #9


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechOutsider View Post
I expect to see a 100% performance increase with the i7 from XP (supposedly not HT optimized) to 7. Realistic?
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19 May 2009   #10

Windows XP

Doubt it scaramonga. The improvements will probably be minor. MS told us this just for marketing; it's a win-win for Intel and MS.
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