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Clovertown, quad-core CPU; two socket system demonstration
Quad-core CPUs are very close to maturity and may arrive sooner than expected

Intel shows a demonstration of its next generation quad-core processor, codenamed Clovertown with a multi-threaded benchmark (Cinebench). The CPU is Intel's first quad-core processor and is running on a dual-socket board. Notice in the screenshot that Windows is detecting 8 cores.

AMD previously spoke that it is also working on its own next-generation quad-core processor and hints at a release sometime later this year.

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i want one
By adamfilipo on 3/7/2006 2:34:45 PM , Rating: 1
I use Cinema 4D and thats what i want

8 cores crunchin on my renders

where do i order?

RE: i want one
By threepac3 on 3/7/2006 2:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
Its not 8 Cores... Its 4 Cores with Hyper Threading. When dealing with HT Windows displayes a seperate Performance Display. A.K.A. 1CPU + HT = 2 CPU displays/ 2Cores + HT = 4 CPU displays/ etc.

RE: i want one
By dblagent on 3/7/2006 2:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Accroding to the information this is 8 cores, two four core chips. It says this is a demo of a quad core chip - two sockets.

RE: i want one
By masher2 on 3/7/2006 3:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
Hyperthreading isn't active in Clovertown...nor would you want it to be.

RE: i want one
By Mclendo06 on 3/7/2006 3:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
Its not 8 Cores... Its 4 Cores with Hyper Threading.

This is incorrect. The newer Xeon processors currently available work like this (dual core with Hyper Threading = 4 processing threads per processor), but the processors which this article is referring to are true quad core processors. The MB being run is dual socket, so you see 2x quad core processors = 8 processing cores. Add Hyper Threading and you'd get 16 processing threads from Windows (8 cores, 8 virtual cores). I wonder if task manager would crash if you did that :-).

RE: i want one
By masher2 on 3/7/2006 3:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
> "I wonder if task manager would crash if you did that :-)."

Not at all, considering I've been using 16-core Windows machines for several years now.

RE: i want one
By Burning Bridges on 3/7/2006 3:17:46 PM , Rating: 2
Could it be two dualcores with HT - threreby making it a fake? :S

RE: i want one
By JackPack on 3/7/2006 4:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's actually just a static screenshot.

All products demo'ed at IDF today are actually powered by AMD processors.

RE: i want one
By Topweasel on 3/7/2006 6:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
A but I am one a person that remembers shows like this done by intel all the time. I rememeber when they demoed 1 GHz, 1.5 GHz PIIIs and a 5GHz P4. They showed a small box and demo-ed that it was working, while in reality they were using big huge Nitrogen coolers in the back to get it to run in that state. Infact I think the 5GHz was northwood and not even a presscott. It would be so much easier for them to show a dual CPU Dual core machine with hyperthreading then to demo a chip that is a year or 2 way from seeing the light of day.

RE: i want one
By JackPack on 3/8/2006 5:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
No sh*t, genius.

Intel stated that those processors were overclocked. You think you're the only one that realized they were liquid/nitrogen cooled?

RE: i want one
By osalcido on 3/7/2006 3:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
geez read the article (or even the summary) before you start posting ppl

4 cores @ 90nm?
By masher2 on 3/7/2006 2:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
I find it highly unlikely. Is AMD planning on moving up their 65nm introduction?

RE: 4 cores @ 90nm?
By Jellodyne on 3/7/2006 2:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I know they're running production .65 silicon in Fab 30 right now and still planning for a Q2 of this year intro, about the same timing as their AM2 socket update. If they're doing x4 on .65 that gives them plenty of time to get 4 cores on 65 this year.

RE: 4 cores @ 90nm?
By gooser on 3/7/2006 3:32:46 PM , Rating: 2
you mean .65 process at fab 36 right??
AS far as I understood fab 30 was at full capacity with the .90 process. no?

RE: 4 cores @ 90nm?
By JackPack on 3/7/2006 4:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
They don't even have 65nm equipment fully installed in Fab36, much less Fab30. No, Fab30 will not produce 65nm parts.

They probably have one test production line at 36 and will ramp by late '06. Products should arrive by Q1'07.

Very Close in the Distance???
By kalaap on 3/7/2006 2:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get it.

By JackPack on 3/7/2006 2:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
Officially, Clovertown's target is Q1'07. Unofficially, they're trying to reel it into '06.

Don't know about AMD though.

By Doormat on 3/7/2006 4:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
I predict these chips are first seen in the new Mac Pro desktops. I can definately see Apple going Woodcrest for their "entry level" Mac Pro model (1S, 2S available), and then offering this for their ultra high end (think around $5,000) units.

RE: Wow
By Clauzii on 3/8/2006 12:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
Would also make sense for an 8 Core G5, which is at 4 cores right now. :))

By JazzMang on 3/7/2006 2:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
"sometime this later this year"

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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