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Q3 2009 Launch

Intel's has 32nm plans with Clarkdale and Arrandale for the mainstream value segment, but enthusiasts who are looking for quad core performance at a reasonable price will look at Lynnfield and Clarksfield instead.

Lynnfield is the mainstream 45nm quad core variant of the Core i7, featuring 8MB of L3 cache and an on-die dual-channel DDR3 controller. Based on Nehalem, it is targeted at the mainstream performance segment, and uses a new LGA-1156 socket that is incompatible with the Core i7's LGA-1366 socket.

With new sockets will come new chipsets. Intel will expand their 5 series of chipsets with new models for consumers and businesses. All Nehalem and Westmere based products use DDR3.

The Q57 chipset, codenamed Piketon, is targeted at businesses, while the P55 chipset, codenamed Kings Creek, is targeted at consumers.

Kings Creek will be supplemented in Q1 2010 by the P57. Both will have support for two external 8-lane PCIe graphics. They are supposed to be in the Performance mainstream segment.

Neither USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, PCIe 3.0, or ECC memory support were on the list of features that DailyTech received, although this may change in the future.

Clarksfield is the mobile version of Lynnfield for laptops. It uses the Capella Platform with a new chipset codenamed Ibex-Peak M. As with the current Centrino 2 platform, wireless internet will be available through an 802.11n Wi-Fi module (Puma Peak) or a WiMAX chipset (Kilmer Peak).

DailyTech has received information that Lynnfield and Clarksfield may be replaced by quad core Westmere variants in the middle of 2010. Intel refuses to comment on unannounced products, although they did state that "additional 32nm products will follow in 2010".

The timing couldn't be better, as Windows 7 is slated to launch at around the same time. It will have many features, including improved usage of multiple cores.



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RE: Two different sockets!
By Doormat on 2/10/2009 6:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
Because triple channel for consumer processors is overkill. So they allow it for the enthusiast/workstation/server market. For consumers, you want low cost high volume. How much money is it to have to stick a third DIMM in for a i7 if Dell wanted to sell them as mainstream computers?


RE: Two different sockets!
By Shig on 2/10/2009 7:10:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well we have been seeing lower wattage procs coming out more and more. I would assume the Q57 socket for business will focus primarily on efficiency. Then the P55/57 will be the upgrade for core2 like was said before with the spiffy integrated graphics possibilities.

I doubt Q57 procs will feature an on die GPU. No one has ever done that before so it has to be weird with the socket.


RE: Two different sockets!
By Clauzii on 2/10/2009 7:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
Make the chipset switchable between 2 and 3 channel mode would have made it possible.

Motherboard-wise a bit more expensive ($20?), but for the enduser far more opportunities to configure a system and upgrading that SAME system big time later. As it is now it will make people wait longer to upgrade since more components needs to be changed.


RE: Two different sockets!
By tfranzese on 2/10/2009 11:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
Chipsets already do that. It's wasted die area though if the majority of what AMD/Intel/whoever manufacture does not utilize it. That said, I don't think it's much of a space saver to remove it, but who knows with the volume Intel pushes.


RE: Two different sockets!
By DigitalFreak on 2/11/2009 1:50:55 PM , Rating: 4
Chipset has nothing to do with the amount of memory or number of channels on the i7. The memory controller is part of the processor.


RE: Two different sockets!
By Clauzii on 2/12/2009 8:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
True, my bad. Just have to get used to IMCs in Intels again :)


RE: Two different sockets!
By Clauzii on 2/12/2009 8:20:24 PM , Rating: 2
The extra lanes and the extra memory socket do cost a bit though ;)


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