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We saw Intel's plans for quad core CPUs at IDF; now the company has confirmed we will see the new CPUs next year

A few weeks ago at the Intel Developer Forum we got a taste of Intel's quad-core Kentsfield along with the Core architecture briefing.  As of last week, this quad-core Conroe successor finally showed up on the Intel corporate roadmaps.  The CPU will get its first taste of daylight as an Intel Extreme Edition processor in early 2007.

Kentsfield will still be a 65nm processor on the Intel Core platform, and work with existing 975X motherboards that already support Conroe.  Due to the different voltage requirements on Conroe/Kentsfield, the first batch of 975X motherboards manufactured before January of 2006 need a different voltage regulation module (VRM) to support Core processors.  However, engineers have confirmed to us the P965, Q965 and G965 motherboards -- slated for release within the next few months -- will support Kentsfield without any problems. 

Kentsfield will feature two distinct dice on the same packaging; the chip will essentially be two Conroe cores stuck together, as pictured here.

AMD's K8L platform is also expected to support quad core processing, but the actual launch dates for that platform have not been confirmed yet.

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By Chadder007 on 3/27/2006 1:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
Wow...An Intel processor upgrade that will NOT require a new motherboard from newest ones availible.

RE: Wow...
By Motley on 3/27/2006 2:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
Huh? I haven't replaced my motherboard since I first got a P4 2.0GHz (When that was top of the line). Since then I've replaced it with the 2.2GHz (When that was top of the line), and now I have a 3.4GHz in there -- and I never changed my motherboard. I'd say that's pretty darn good.

RE: Wow...
By Griswold on 3/27/2006 2:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
Try to stick the latest P4 or P-D in that mobo. Oh wait, doesnt work. There have been several new sockets/chipsets coming from Intel over the last 12 months.

RE: Wow...
By masher2 on 3/27/2006 3:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
Given AMD is about to switch over to the new AM2 socket, I think you'll have a hard time making the argument Intel is substantially worse here. They've had socket 940, 939, and 754 all in the past few years alone.

RE: Wow...
By A5 on 3/27/2006 4:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
940 is only for servers.

RE: Wow...
By masher2 on 3/27/2006 4:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
Servers and workstations...I had a 940 based desktop before I changed over to dual core.

RE: Wow...
By JackPack on 3/27/2006 6:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
940 only for servers?

I don't think the people with FX-51 and 53 would agree with you.

RE: Wow...
By Chadder007 on 3/27/2006 2:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
Socket 478?

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