Intel has revealed some benchmark figures of its upcoming next-generation Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest processors:
The things you have all been waiting for are hard numbers, and Intel will be tossing those around all next week. We, being the precocious mole song interpreters that we are, have deciphered the codes, and can communicate with them in their own language. They sing to us that Woodcrest will hit 2800 in SPECint2000 and 2500 SPECfp2000. Conroe, with the higher clocked XEs will almost pip 3000 on a warm day, but on the desktop, the FP numbers will suffer from sick-bus syndrome. These chips are really going to be monsters.
And to top that we can also expect quad-core processors. Read more about Intel's processor plans over at The Inquirer, it also mentions Chip Multithreading (CMT), a new feature like HT.