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Desktop CPU breakdown

Conroe begins strong market penetration in Q4'06
Dual-core processors and Conroe will take up the performance and mainstream desktop market for 2006

With increasing production investments on a global scale, Intel promised that 2006 would be the year of many changes. From what has happened so far, we can say that Intel is sticking well to its plans. Starting off with announcements that Intel will open new manufacturing facilities in Israel, India and Vietnam, the focus on driving strong production of 65nm products is well under way. According to Intel, dual-core will be its focus for all of this year, releasing products for both desktops and mobile platforms.

Intel's Conroe processor is receiving the most amount of press, is on high expectations with mainstream consumers and enthusiasts alike. Packing two cores, a next-generation architecture, and large amounts of cache, the Conroe family also comes in at significantly less than a Pentium EE. Conroe itself will be using LGA775 and so will the rest of Intel's desktop processors for the remainder of 2006.  Expect the official Conroe platform announcement to come at IDF 2006 on March 7, 2006.

Most of Intel's single-core processors have already been announced and released, except for two Pentium parts running at 3.33GHz and 3.GHz, which are both slated for a release on May 28 of this year. Both processors will be sporting larger 512KB L2 caches and cost $117 and $103 respectively.

Intel Desktop Processor Roadmap
Processor Brand Processor No.
Clock Speed/FSB Cache Launch Date Price @ Launch
PPXE 965
3.73GHz / 1066MHz 2x2MB Q2'06 $999 (04/30)
PPXE 955
3.46GHz / 1066MHz 2z2MB Now $999 (now)
PPXE 840
3.20GHz / 1066MHz 2x1MB Now $999 (now)
Conroe E6700
2.67GHz / 1066MHz 4MB Q3'06 $530 (???)
Conroe E6600
2.40GHz / 1066MHz 4MB Q3'06 $316 (???)
Conroe E6400
2.13GHz / 1066MHz 2MB Q3'06 $241 (???)
Conroe E6300
1.86GHz / 1066MHz 2MB Q3'06 $209 (???)
Pentium D
960
3.6GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Q2'06 $530 (04/30)
Pentium D 950
3.4GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $637 (now)
Pentium D 940
3.2GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $423 (now)
Pentium D
930
3.0GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now
$316 (now)
Pentium D 920 (no VT)

3.0GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $178 (???)
Pentium D 920
2.8MHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Q3'06 $241 (now)

Conroe comes in later in the second half of this year, becoming the flagship family for Intel performance desktop processors. Official names for the new processors have not yet been revealed but technical details are there. Extreme Editions for Conroe are also planned but so far, no details have been released except for the fact that they will be based on LGA775. 2x2MB of L2 cache will be the base minimum for Pentium D 900 class processors and up except for Pentium Extreme Edition based on the Smithfield core, which has a 2x1MB L2 cache.

Intel is moving steadily through 2006, with a strong focus on dual-core processors. Now through to the end of 2006, we will see Conroe taking up roughly 20% of Intel's shipments by then end of the year while the Pentium D processor will remain the largest bulk of Intel's desktop shipments. By Q4 2006, the classic Pentium 4 will drop to roughly 30% of Intel's total desktop processor shipments.


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?
By Questar on 2/16/2006 2:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
The chart shows the PD 920 getting a speed bump without a model change. Has Intel done that before?




RE: ?
By Questar on 2/16/2006 2:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's a speed drop.


RE: ?
By Von Matrices on 2/16/2006 3:22:10 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, 2.8MHz is kinda slow, don't you think?


RE: ?
By Viditor on 2/17/2006 12:46:06 AM , Rating: 2
For an intel chip at least.


RE: ?
By JackPack on 2/17/2006 2:50:01 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. It's a speed increase.


RE: ?
By stephenbrooks on 2/18/2006 2:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
I think just to clarify, Questar is talking about the "920 without VT" which is put at 3.0GHz as opposed to the normal 920 at 2.8GHz. I think this is yet another typo... it should be "930 without VT", I thought I saw it numbered 925 somewhere actually...


RE: ?
By stephenbrooks on 2/18/2006 8:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
Mind you, I think with that one anything could be true given that it's launch is "Q3'06" and its price is given as "$241 (now)". Q3'06 is not now...


is this right?
By Furen on 2/16/2006 3:52:51 AM , Rating: 2
Conroe E6300
1.86GHz / 1066MHz
2MB
Q2'06
$209 (???)

Is this right? It doesn't make much sense to launch only one Conroe in Q2, and certainly not at such a low price.




RE: is this right?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 2/16/2006 3:57:31 AM , Rating: 2
Typo - fixing it.


RE: is this right?
By Furen on 2/16/2006 4:00:38 AM , Rating: 2
The last sentence in the second paragraph is a fragment... or at least it is on Opera.


RE: is this right?
By BrownTown on 2/16/2006 8:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
where are all these roadmaps coming from, some have a E6800 at 2.93 and the XE at 3.33 while others show E6700 leading tte way through Q1 06, and the XE as undetermined?


Refresh my memory...
By DigitalFreak on 2/16/2006 9:17:24 AM , Rating: 2
Is Conroe the replacement for the P4 line (ie:P5)?




RE: Refresh my memory...
By broly8877 on 2/16/2006 12:25:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, though it will likely not carry the Pentium name.


RE: Refresh my memory...
By del on 2/21/2006 5:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yes, though it will likely not carry the Pentium name.


That's not necessarily true.


fools
By mfed3 on 2/17/2006 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
once again people worrying about the clockspeed. this is a new architecture noobs!




RE: fools
By Von Matrices on 2/17/2006 12:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, clock speed isn't everything, but isn't a Pentium D 920 at 2.8MHz kinda slow? Computers 15 years ago were running faster than that.


RE: fools
By mxzrider2 on 2/18/2006 2:15:25 AM , Rating: 2
awesome


More typography
By stephenbrooks on 2/18/2006 2:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
PPXE 955
3.46GHz / 1066MHz 2z2MB Now $999 (now)

What is a "2z2"MB cache? :)

PPXE 840
3.20GHz / 1066MHz 2x1MB Now $999 (now)

No it doesn't! I'm pretty sure the 840 has a 800MHz FSB and not 1066.




RE: More typography
By Supersonic3474 on 2/19/06, Rating: 0
RE: More typography
By Questar on 2/20/2006 11:33:03 AM , Rating: 2
Nice sentiment there.


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