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Memos from motherboard manufacturers claim Intel quad-core doesn't have a home yet

According to a memo released to OEM partners, quad-core support on the P965 chipset may not be as clear-cut as anticipated.  Kentsfield, Intel's twin die, quad-core version of Conroe is one of the most anticipated CPU launches of 2007.  One motherboard manufacturer forwarded DailyTech a memo with the following excerpt:

The WW19 Averill and Bridge Creek MOW incorrectly stated that the Kentsfield processor is on track to be supported with the IntelĀ® P965 Chipset.  While this combination is a possibility, Intel has not decided to officially support and validate this combination at this time.  If Intel decides to support and validate this combination, there will be an article in a future MOW.

Intel has publically announced that Kentsfield will show up in Q1'07 as an "Extreme" processor. Traditionally, Intel "Extreme" processors have found a home on the highest tier motherboard platforms.  Currently, the 975X platform is the "enthusiast" platform for Intel processors, even though the P965 platform is the newest.  To make matters more confusing, Intel roadmaps show that the next chipset after the 965 Broadwater family is Bearlake, slated for release in the second quarter of 2007.

Intel may have just jumped the gun with the announcement and the platform will still support quad-core Kentsfield anyway, but thus far no roadmaps have shed any further clues on the subject.

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I guess nobody told this guy about it
By hstewarth on 6/22/2006 5:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
I guess nobody told guy from exteme systems about this, because he got an engineering sample working on a board.

But what a huge heat sink. I am sure that release version will be much smaller than this.

RE: I guess nobody told this guy about it
By theteamaqua on 6/22/2006 5:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
thats Tuniq Tower 120, one of the best air cooling device, not a stock heat sink

By theteamaqua on 6/22/2006 5:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
with that tower 120, u can OC as much as some crappy water cooling kit, only the custom ones are better than tower 120, and its only 50 bux

Quad Core Delights!
By techhappy on 6/22/2006 3:57:43 PM , Rating: 1
Perhaps they are waitin g to see how AMD will respond to a quad core threat. Either way, a quad core cpu is surely welcome and if its as powerful as we all think it will be, AMD will be in deep trouble. Still, I do think Intel prematurely announced this, a lot of people who were willing to jump onto the dual core wagon will probably wait a few more months to get the quad core. I can't wait to see the stats of this baby...

RE: Quad Core Delights!
By jkresh on 6/22/2006 4:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would suspect that Kentsfield will be over $1000 when it comes out sometime in first quater 07, so if you buy a dual core conroe now (6600 or 6700) and then wait till second or 3rd quater 07 (when kentsfield should have fallen to $500 or so) you would be better off (unless you already have a good dualcore now in which case you can wait for kentsfield).

RE: Quad Core Delights!
By PrinceGaz on 6/23/2006 8:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly-- I can't wait for quad-core desktop goodness!!! Especially as the only time my X2 actually needs more than one core is when I'm doing some serious video encoding work, or decoding 1080p H.264 video because my NV40 has the broken video acceleration hardware.

What a difference quad-core will make for me. I'll be able to have two more cores sitting idle almost all day. Whoopee!!!

Standard Operating Procedure
By othercents on 6/22/2006 3:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
I know in the past Intel has released processors without support and without the processor even being available to the market. I wouldn't be suprised if the latest processors that Intel wants to release won't show up on the market until 4Q06 or even later. Hopefully Intel has learned from their mistakes they made in the past, but based on this article they have the same tricks up their sleeves.


RE: Standard Operating Procedure
By Alpha4 on 6/22/2006 4:15:50 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of tricks they did pull a fast one at the launch of the Pentium D and its unanticipated support by some Intel 915P chipsets. I suspect they're aiming for 965G support this time around but don't want to set anyone's expectations too high in case they fall short.

By Robberbaron12 on 6/22/2006 4:43:54 PM , Rating: 2
running on 975 boards that are Conroe ready.

By deeznuts on 6/22/2006 5:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, and one even ran on a Rev. 302 bad axe board that had been modded to run Conroe. So it appears if it is conroe ready it will be Kentsfield ready, at least for 975.

By Anemone on 6/23/2006 6:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
975 boards have shown to run it. Intel has said 975 is for the enthusiasts. So pay attention and don't go for the 965 just because it's new and shiny...

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