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Intel shows off "Penryn's" die at IDF  (Source: DailyTech, Brandon Hill)
November 12 is when "Penryn" will officially hit, in Xeon form

Intel’s Paul Otellini today, during the Intel Developer Forum, confirmed the launch for Penryn-based Xeon processors is set for November 12. Penryn will be Intel’s first 45nm architecture, designed for mobile, desktop, server and workstation use. Intel confirmed Penryn has a 410 million transistor die. Kentsfield has 582 million transistors while Conroe has 291 million transistors.

Intel’s reseller webpage accidentally leaked November 11 as the day resellers could start purchasing quad-core Xeon processors and listed the price. Intel immediately locked out the reseller webpage from the public after learning of the posting. Nevertheless, as with Intel launch tradition, the company typically launches new processors on Mondays, unless there’s a holiday.

Penryn Quad-Core Xeon DP - 1333 MHz FSB

L2 Cache
Launch Price

X54603.16 GHz 120W12MB

E54503.00 GHz 80W12MB
2.83 GHz 80W 12MB
E54302.66 GHz 80W12MB
2.50 GHz 80W12MB
E54102.33 GHz 80W 12MB
2.00 GHz

Penryn Quad-Core Xeon DP - 1600 MHz FSB

L2 Cache
Launch Price

E54723.0 GHz 80W12MB

E54622.8 GHz 80W12MB

The company plans to release an onslaught of Penryn-based dual and quad-core Xeon processors with 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz front-side bus speeds. Launch speeds for Penryn-based quad-core Xeon models range from 2.0 GHz-to-3.16 GHz. Dual-core Penryn-based models start at 1.86 GHz and top out at 3.33 GHz.

Expect Intel to officially announce Penryn-based Xeon processors on November 12.

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By Murst on 9/18/2007 1:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
Man, its so weird looking at these prices. 12MB L2 cache for $209... I remember when I was really happy when my processor had a 1MB L2 cache (and it cost a hell of a lot more than $200s).

Progress is great! (and so is competition - hopefully AMD can ramp up Barcelona to match performance soon so the competition can continue)

RE: Cool
By FITCamaro on 9/18/2007 1:51:26 PM , Rating: 1
If only Xeon motherboards had SLI/Crossfire support and didn't cost out the butt. Of course with some gaming motherboards now at or over $200, a Xeon board isn't that far off. For my friends quad core system we ended up going with Asus' 650i board with dual 16x slots. Was like $180 while all the 680i boards were $200+ plus easy. Motherboard prices really have gotten out of control lately. I remember when a good gaming board was like $150 tops. Now days you can easily spend more on your motherboard than you do the CPU. At least RAM prices have come down.

It'd be sweet to get dual quad core Xeons. 4 x 1GB of RAM for dual channel on each CPU.

RE: Cool
By Master Kenobi on 9/18/2007 2:03:15 PM , Rating: 3
Xeons use FB-Dimms though and that will cost you. =(

RE: Cool
By Umbongo on 9/18/2007 2:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
Intel are bringing out a "Skulltrail" dual socket board with rumoured Crossfire support (not much use having 4 full PCI-E 2.0 slots otherwise), and much faster FB-DIMMs. Nvidia are rumoured to likely do their own SLI version.

RE: Cool
By Spuke on 9/18/2007 3:01:27 PM , Rating: 1
$150 was for AMD boards. Intel boards have been over the $200 mark for quite a few years.

RE: Cool
By Vanilla Thunder on 9/18/2007 4:31:48 PM , Rating: 3
IMO, SLI/Crossfire is a joke. Nothing but bragging rights and epenis inflation.


RE: Cool
By Duwelon on 9/19/2007 9:15:39 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing but bragging rights and epeen, except you know, increased performance.

Cookies and Cream

RE: Cool
By Vanilla Thunder on 9/19/2007 10:02:39 AM , Rating: 2
except you know, increased performance

Oh yeah. 20% performance increase at only twice the price. Sounds logical to me.


RE: Cool
By Duwelon on 9/19/2007 10:31:35 AM , Rating: 2
Even if it's only 2% it doesn't change the facts. Don't get me wrong, I only wish I could afford it myself.

Mint Chip

RE: Cool
By tedrodai on 9/19/2007 10:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
SLI/Crossfire has it's uses...if your monitor is as big as your living room wall. I'd personally rather save for retirement, however.

If I were a millionaire many times over, I'd definitely have that sort of set-up, don't get me wrong...

RE: Cool
By mikeyD95125 on 9/20/2007 12:30:46 AM , Rating: 2
Definitly helpful at 1900x1200 and 2560x1600 with 4xAA. If you can afford a monitor of that size then you can probably afford SLI/CF. But it's all about the drivers, and right now it isn't happening :(

RE: Cool
By Einy0 on 9/19/2007 12:06:06 AM , Rating: 2
Ha I can remember when I was thrilled to have 8MB of system memory, 256KB Video and a 33Mhz 386DX cpu with an external math co-processor. Oh that rig also had a 120MB and a 230MB hard drive and 2x Cd-Rom. Cutting edge it was... Probably paid more than $200 for the 8MB of 30-pin simms alone.

Mac side...
By Doormat on 9/18/2007 2:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
On the Mac side, I'd love to see them get rid of Dual Core Xeons and go all quad core - especially at these prices. They can throw two QC 2.5Ghz chips in the Mac Pro for the same price they pay for DC 2.0Ghz chips ($316). Then offer the 1600Mhz FSB QC chips above that as options. $2200 for an reasonably fast Octo-Mac.. hmmm...

RE: Mac side...
By mrdelldude on 9/18/2007 2:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
Or you can wait for 2H 2008 when an 8-core Penryn is released, with 2 threads per core.

What would you call a system with 2 of these monsters (beside rediciously expensive)?

Hexa-core? Duotrigesal-threads?

RE: Mac side...
By Griswold on 9/18/2007 4:38:07 PM , Rating: 2
Bzzzz wrong. Thats nehalem, the next generation, not penryn, the current generations die shrink.

RE: Mac side...
By mrdelldude on 9/18/2007 5:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks ... my mistype and misread.

RE: Mac side...
By DEredita on 9/18/2007 4:16:54 PM , Rating: 1
I've been waiting a while. My PC died prematurely, but at least I have my Macbook from work to tie me over in the meantime. Can't wait until I could get my hands on the new Mac Pro when it comes out. Two quad cores, 1TB+ hard drive space, 512MB+ video memory, and 4GB+ Ram. The monster of my dreams will be born. w00t!!!

RE: Mac side...
By BAFrayd on 9/19/2007 11:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
All so you can continue to do what you're already doing with your current computer...

Holy Hole in a Doughnut Batman!
By TheGreek on 9/18/2007 1:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
(Robin really did say that.)

Can you spell "I'll wait a while longer to build my next folding machine?"

RE: Holy Hole in a Doughnut Batman!
By elFarto on 9/18/2007 2:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
I've been waiting to build my new machine for over a year, but there's always a new component coming out soon.

By thartist on 9/18/2007 4:21:49 PM , Rating: 3
err... it's a bit too long.

uber cpu's
By binary boy on 9/18/2007 1:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have just purchased a dual quad core xeon system with dual 2.66GhZ cpu's and a quadro fx 4600. it is the most powerful thing that I have ever driven.

going to be moving into a new office soon and i think I will get a dual xeon 3ghz system with a quadro fx 5600 gpu for their and keep my existing system at home.

is it me or are these prices starting to get ridiculous? the computing power that I have at home is immense, MORE! MORE! NEED MORE POWER! mwuhahahahaha!

RE: uber cpu's
By FITCamaro on 9/18/2007 1:52:55 PM , Rating: 3

Says your wall socket. :)

By Expunged on 9/18/2007 1:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like the E5405-E5415 might make for some awesome chips on the desktop... Scrap that Q6600 and throw a E5420 in with 12 MB L2 and 45nm for the overclocking headroom. Guess it depends on the socket configuration though.

These chips could would be as tempting as the Xeon 3060's and 3070's which could be had on eBay for nearly the same prices as E6400's... The slightly better QC and fabs on the Xeon chips seemed to provide higher stable overclocks with less voltage for several people I know.

By Verran on 9/18/2007 2:25:31 PM , Rating: 2
Well, these Xeons will use enterprise boards and memory, so it's not quite as easy as "swapping them out".

However, when the desktop equivalents of these chips hit early next year, your statements will be very true.

Can't wait for the ne Mac Pro
By DEredita on 9/18/2007 3:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
Can't wait for the next Mac Pro. I've been waiting ages for the new Pro, which rumor is that it will have two of these processors in it. 8-cores, 1333 MHz FSB, and 24MB total L2 cache.

By colonelclaw on 9/19/2007 8:42:22 AM , Rating: 1
apart from the 24mb cache, the existing top model isn't a mile away from what you want, but it has to be said the gfx cards that ship in current macs are a bit shitty. that's why i'm waiting for these new ones

Spelling Bee Blog
By nerdye on 9/18/2007 1:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
Some People need to visit the spelling bee blog to get all of their spelling and grammar whining out of their system, then when you have calmed down, come back to daily tech and lets talk about technology.

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