Intel has unveiled its first Nehalem desktop processor, which it says is 40% faster when dealing with web and multimedia applications.
The Core i7 processor, with a top speed of 3.2Ghz, is the first member of the new Nehalem family of processor designs which have been under development for some time.
Intel said the Core i7 processor speeds video editing, immersive games and other popular internet and computer activities by up to 40% without increasing power consumption.
"Intel has delivered the fastest desktop processor on earth to the most demanding users on earth, the ones who are using their PCs for video, gaming and music," said Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice-president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group.
"When you couple what is Intel's biggest leap in chip design with other incredible innovations such as Intel's solid state drives, the Core i7 processor has redefined the computer of tomorrow," beamed Gelsinger.
The chip has been launched just days after Intel posted a sales and profit margin warning for the full year.
The full year results will be revealed in early January and the figures are expected to be well down on last year.