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Memos from motherboard manufacturers claim Intel quad-core doesn't have a home yet

According to a memo released to OEM partners, quad-core support on the P965 chipset may not be as clear-cut as anticipated.  Kentsfield, Intel's twin die, quad-core version of Conroe is one of the most anticipated CPU launches of 2007.  One motherboard manufacturer forwarded DailyTech a memo with the following excerpt:

The WW19 Averill and Bridge Creek MOW incorrectly stated that the Kentsfield processor is on track to be supported with the Intel® P965 Chipset.  While this combination is a possibility, Intel has not decided to officially support and validate this combination at this time.  If Intel decides to support and validate this combination, there will be an article in a future MOW.

Intel has publically announced that Kentsfield will show up in Q1'07 as an "Extreme" processor. Traditionally, Intel "Extreme" processors have found a home on the highest tier motherboard platforms.  Currently, the 975X platform is the "enthusiast" platform for Intel processors, even though the P965 platform is the newest.  To make matters more confusing, Intel roadmaps show that the next chipset after the 965 Broadwater family is Bearlake, slated for release in the second quarter of 2007.

Intel may have just jumped the gun with the announcement and the platform will still support quad-core Kentsfield anyway, but thus far no roadmaps have shed any further clues on the subject.



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Quad Core Delights!
By techhappy on 6/22/2006 3:57:43 PM , Rating: 1
Perhaps they are waitin g to see how AMD will respond to a quad core threat. Either way, a quad core cpu is surely welcome and if its as powerful as we all think it will be, AMD will be in deep trouble. Still, I do think Intel prematurely announced this, a lot of people who were willing to jump onto the dual core wagon will probably wait a few more months to get the quad core. I can't wait to see the stats of this baby...




RE: Quad Core Delights!
By jkresh on 6/22/2006 4:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would suspect that Kentsfield will be over $1000 when it comes out sometime in first quater 07, so if you buy a dual core conroe now (6600 or 6700) and then wait till second or 3rd quater 07 (when kentsfield should have fallen to $500 or so) you would be better off (unless you already have a good dualcore now in which case you can wait for kentsfield).


RE: Quad Core Delights!
By PrinceGaz on 6/23/2006 8:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly-- I can't wait for quad-core desktop goodness!!! Especially as the only time my X2 actually needs more than one core is when I'm doing some serious video encoding work, or decoding 1080p H.264 video because my NV40 has the broken video acceleration hardware.

What a difference quad-core will make for me. I'll be able to have two more cores sitting idle almost all day. Whoopee!!!


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