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"Tulsa," "Merom," "Kentsfield" and "Clovertown" moved up

Yesterday during Intel's Q2'06 earnings report, Intel CEO Paul Otellini revealed that Intel has moved up its launch schedule for quad-core processors to Q4 2006 instead of Q1 2007 as originally announced by Intel in roadmaps and public relations.

Otellini claimed "We notified customers that we're pulling in both a desktop and server of the first quad-core processors into the fourth quarter of this year from the first half of 2007."  These two processors, dubbed Kentsfield and Clovertown, respectively, are essentially twin-die packages of Core 2 Duo.

In late May, Intel announced that the company will ship a 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme processor followed by quad-core Kentsfield in Q1'07Kentsfield has always been slated as an Extreme processor, meaning it will carry a larger price tag than the traditional Core 2 Duo series.  Intel's quad-core server processor, dubbed Clovertown, is virtually identical to Kentsfield but will use the Socket 771 package instead of Socket 775.

Furthermore, Otellini confirmed that quad-core isn't the only processor series moved up.  The CEO confirmed Merom has been moved up and is already shipping to revenue, as was reported by HKEPC (English) several days ago.  Intel's Tulsa processors for Xeon MP are also already shipping to revenue according to Otellini, but the availability of these processors has largely been overshadowed by yesterday's launch of Itanium 2 Montecito and the recent launch of Xeon DP Woodcrest

Typically there is a two to three week lag between revenue shipments and retail availability, so expect to see many of these new "shipping to revenue" processors before the end of the month.

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Intel's 7800GTX-512
By Fenixgoon on 7/20/2006 12:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't matter that only a select few of these will actually exist. The important thing (for Intel) is that their quad core is debuting FAR ahead of K8L. Just like the 7800GTX-512... no one had one, but Nvidia nonetheless pwned ATI until they *finally* brought out the x1900

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By raven3x7 on 7/20/2006 2:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
you forget that ketsfield is not a "true" quad-core chip and that we'll have to see if the fsb doesnt hold the system back or even if a new 1333 fsb mobo isn't required for this cpu. on the other hand you have k8l which is a native quad-core chip and HTX givs AMD processors larger memory bandwidth(granted k8 processors cant really utilize it, but can quad-core chips and the k8l in general?)but that wont be available before late q1 or early q2 2008. So this looks to me like Intel is pushing everything forward because they know that they have the advantage now but won't have it for long as AMD will catch up soon enough and Intel wants to get as much marketshare back as it can get

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By Strunf on 7/20/06, Rating: 0
RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By gramboh on 7/20/2006 6:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
Why is 4x4 a dual socket/chip solution? Is it because AMD is too far away with K8L (assuming it is quad core chip)? No one wants to buy multi chip systems it's a pain in the ass and expensive both in terms of mainboard and CPU.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By GoatMonkey on 7/20/2006 7:57:52 PM , Rating: 2
Please share these benchmarks with us.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By SexyK on 7/20/2006 9:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
Please share these benchmarks with us.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By TomZ on 7/21/2006 10:19:52 AM , Rating: 2
You found benchmarks somewhere in that mess?

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By Strunf on 7/21/2006 12:09:58 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, they have posted some benchmarks but you have to look for them.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By GoatMonkey on 7/21/2006 2:36:50 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting. Thanks.

It looks fast, but I'm a little disappointed that they didn't put more cache on it.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By GoatMonkey on 7/20/2006 8:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
I would imagine that Intel will get around the bus speed problem by throwing more cache at it.

The new improvements that we've seen in Conroe will still be there in this Kentsfield chip. So, I'm betting that the Kentsfield will be equal or better than the 2 dual core chips that will be available on 4x4.

It sounds to me like it's going to be a very limited production run at first though. I'm no Intel fan, as I write this on one of my AMD machines, but you have to face the facts.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By TomZ on 7/20/2006 9:47:36 PM , Rating: 2
I would imagine that Intel will get around the bus speed problem by throwing more cache at it.

Kentsfield will be 2 x 4MB L2.

RE: Intel's 7800GTX-512
By GoatMonkey on 7/21/2006 8:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
That's not enough. Intel needs to go to 4 x 4MB of cache for this chip.

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