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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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