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Four 2.66GHz Intel CPUs on a single package for just a grand

Intel's newest roadmap started making the rounds last week, and the headline title across the roadmap was absolutely Kentsfield, Intel's upcoming quad-core processor.  During last month's investor call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the chips would be shipping this year, as opposed to Q1'07 that was originally slated on the roadmap.

Now a few additional details of Kentsfield have slipped out.  Intel's most recent roadmap claims Kentsfield, which will ship as a Core 2 Extreme branded processor, will run each core at 2.66GHz and a 1066MHz front-side bus.  Essentially, the processor is two Core 2 Duo E6700 processors packaged onto a single CPU.

There is no announced ship date of Kentsfield yet, though Intel has announced that the processor will ship for $999 -- the same as every other "Extreme" processor the company has announced.  Intel has no price cuts for the E6700 processor planned until after the quad-core Kentsfield launch as well.  Since the E6700 has a distributor price of $530, the Kentsfield actually offers some discount for the second core.

Absentees from Intel's roadmaps include a 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme processor.  The company officially stated that such a processor would follow the existing 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme that is available today.  However, it seems fairly evident that the quad-core Kentsfield has
supplanted any new dual-core Extreme processors.

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By Chillin1248 on 8/17/2006 8:34:49 PM , Rating: 3
, will run each core at 2.66GHz and a 1066MHz front-side bus.

Shouldn't it read, "will run each die at 2.66GHz (...)"?

RE: Error
By Blackraven on 8/18/2006 12:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
With Kentsfield quad-core launching earlier than expected, I could probably expect its successor, Yorkfield eight-core 45nm, to launch in Q4 07. Thus giving me leeway for my next computer purchase in 2008.

It won't matter to me though if Yorkfield would cost $1000 or $2000 on the unit alone. I come from a 2002 Intel Pentium 4 2.53 Ghz with 845GE chipset but it's old as hell..

If the Yorkfield eight-core 45nm would have a variant with exact 4.0 ghz non-OC/stock speed (as in 4 Ghz even), then I'm moving in for the purchase.

Just a year and half more and I can finally experience the biggest PC performance gain I've ever felt in my entire life.

Just imagine.....

Intel Yorkfield 45nm eight-core w/ 4.0 Ghz as stock speed>>>>> 2002 Pentium 4 2.53 Ghz with 768 MB DDR 333 ram.

I can't even imagine how many times that monster could exceed my current PC. 5x, 10x or even 100x


RE: Error
By coldpower27 on 8/19/2006 1:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
You have to keep in mind though, Intel won't be launching something like an 8 Core processor on the 45nm process till it matures which likely won't occur till H1 2008.

Look for Bloomfield, 45nm Monolithic Quad Core sucessor to Kentsfield, as well as Ridgefield and Wolfdale sucessors to Conroe and Allendale first to test out the 45nm process first.

I highly doubt an 8 core processor would appear any sooner then Early to Mid 2008 for Intel and even further away for AMD. I would also likely think that if this 8 Core processor is on 45nm it is likely a multi die configuration.

I am actually waiting till 45nm node to jump onto the Quad Core bandwagon, I will skip the first iteration thanks.

RE: Error
By The Cheeba on 8/19/2006 10:48:39 AM , Rating: 2
Shouldn't it read, "will run each die at 2.66GHz (...)"?


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