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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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SPECIFIC Conroe / Kentsfield requirements
By peternelson on 3/27/2006 2:57:53 PM , Rating: 2

You appear to have some specific details on the requirements for these new processors.

Yes they may have specific voltage requirements. Please state SPECIFICALLY WHAT VRM or VRD specification the requirements align with, or what specific range of voltages is needs to be supported.

Also at IDF you saw the Conroe running on Intel 975X "bad axe" board. Was that the same as now-available retail badaxe or different chipset stepping or different bios version?

Also to say "before January" does that mean Gigabyte 975X board is NOT Conroe Compatible, but anything January onwards (eg Asus) IS conroe compatible?

Surely that is simplistic.

If you KNOW of boards which ARE compatible SAY what they are, and in what way they meet the requirements. Do not quote vagueness like "January".

By KristopherKubicki on 3/27/2006 3:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
Any Conroe compatible motherboard will work with Kentsfield.

RE: SPECIFIC Conroe / Kentsfield requirements
By peternelson on 3/27/2006 11:33:52 PM , Rating: 3
Thanks Kris,

And .... let me guess.... ANY kentsfield compatible motherboard will work with conroe!

Not exactly what I needed to know :-(

By KristopherKubicki on 3/28/2006 5:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
The general rule of thumb seems to be any board released after the "Core" whitebook was released to manufacturers will work with Conore/Kentsfield. To my knowledge, this is every board built after Jan 2006. I can't vouche for everyone, but the board manufacturers building 965/975 motherboards have a big sticker that says "Conroe Ready" on the box. If it doesn't say "Conroe Ready," it's a crapshoot at best.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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