2.66GHz desktop Nehalem benchmarked early

We've seen Nehalem processors and motherboards this week, and what better way to complement them than with benchmark data? That's what VR-Zone claims to have done at Computex: the site has posted a screenshot of a CPU-Z window and a 3DMark Vantage score allegedly taken from a "Bloomfield" desktop machine with an X58 chipset.

The CPU-Z shot reveals a clock speed of 2.64GHz, a bus speed of 133MHz, and a core voltage of just 0.856V. The cache readings look a little wonky, since they report 32KB of L2 cache per core, whereas Intel has clearly stated that Nehalem packs 256KB L2 of cache per core.

Nevertheless, the machine apparently managed to hit a CPU score of 16,334 in 3DMark Vantage. VR-Zone comments that the score is "about 45% faster than a similarly clocked [45nm Core 2 Quad]." 3DMark Vantage's CPU tests cover physics and artificial intelligence simulations, and a look at Futuremark's results database indeed suggests 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q9450 CPUs typically score around 11,000 points in the Vantage CPU test.

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