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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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to the intel guy about the chipsets
By covertbit on 3/27/2006 5:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm, you must not know your own platform. I know for a fact that with each new chip Intel came out with, you needed a different revision for the same socket. I challange you to tell me where AMD has come out with new chipsets for their different processors. One 939 board can run chips from Sempron all the way up to the FX and 1xx Opterons and dual cores. I don't see you running a Xeon chip on a Celeron D board. AMD is moving to a new socket structure much the same way Intel did with their move to DDR2. Intel did follow AMD with the x86-64 technology. AMD can follow Intel sometimes too.

By MrKaz on 3/29/2006 7:42:05 AM , Rating: 2
You are forgetting one very important fact,

Each time there is a memory speed bump, you have to upgrade the motherboard because of the memory controller on the chipset, even if Intel decides to keep the same socket. How many times since DDR266 have intel “forced” people to upgrade motherboard/chipset in order to catch up every time there an memory speed bumps?
Even at the same RAM speed Intel “offers” 865 and 875 chipsets where one is faster than the other with the same RAM?

Since the AMD integrates the memory controller, you never get problems like that. AMD integrated memory controller was compatible with DDR 266 to 400 (unofficial 433,466,500).
With DDR2, you will get 533,667,800 (unofficial 933, 1066).
You always keep the same board and RAM. The processor is the only that changes.
If AMD didn’t get socket 754, and only 940 or 939 we where looking at the perfect computer platform.

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