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With the G0 stepping of the Kentsfield CPU core, Intel will lower the TDP of several quad-core products by 10W.

Intel recently notified its customers about a future stepping change of several quad-core processors based on the Kentsfield core. Current Xeon X3220 and X3210 processors as well as the Core 2 Quad Q6600 model are based on the CPU core codenamed Kentsfield (consisting of two Conroe dice combined to a multi-chip module) in B3 stepping. Their TDP is currently specified ad 105W.

In the PCN 107463-00 Intel explains that on the 16th of July the company will be able to supply a new G0 stepping of this core which allows to cut the TDP down to 95W. This allows the use of the new CPUs in environments qualified for the "2005 Mainstream FMB" (up to 95W) as opposed to the "2005 Performance FMB" (up to 130W).

Apart from the fact that the new CPUs will feature different CPUIDs and S-spec codes, Intel doesn't expect any impact on customers, as the featureset remains unchanged and electrical, mechanical and thermal specifications remain within current specifications. A BIOS update will be required to recognize the new CPU.

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RE: should run cooler = better oc
By KristopherKubicki on 4/28/2007 8:12:24 PM , Rating: 5
The reason the Pentium D was a problem was because of the Netburst architecture. It had nothing to do with having 2 die on a single package. In fact, AMD and Intel both state that multi packaging their chips is the best way to go -- the latencies are low, the costs are cheaper and the defect rate is lower (you can just throw out part of the chip).

RE: should run cooler = better oc
By someguy123 on 4/28/2007 10:01:33 PM , Rating: 3

not exactly sure what he ment by "real quad" when two die on a single chip is quad and probably better than multisocket solutions due to lower latencies, unless he ment a double socket motherboard with two duals...but then again with that logic two dualcore would be "fake" dualcore so it'd have to be a four socket motherboard.

anyway the Q6600 and future core2duo quads look to be great buys unless AMD comes up with something soon.

RE: should run cooler = better oc
By Ratwar on 4/28/2007 10:24:01 PM , Rating: 2
It is quite simple, he meant that he is an AMD fanboy who can only take comfort in bashing Intel for using a different setup for Quad cores (which he deems less worthy than AMD's setup, even though their real world performance hasn't been measured on the record yet) because his chosen company currently lacks the performance crown.

This state of mind (some would call it his disease) is closely associated with overpaying for computer hardware, but the exact reason for this remains unknown.

RE: should run cooler = better oc
By Shintai on 4/29/2007 6:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
I just take the one with the highest performance. true quadcore or not. I dont care, only about performance and power consumption.

By mountcarlmore on 4/28/2007 10:26:23 PM , Rating: 3
what he meant by "real" quad is four cores on one die... regardless, two or one dies, it makes no real difference.

By DeepBlue1975 on 5/2/2007 9:47:35 AM , Rating: 2
Nevertheless, I think he has a point.
I wouldn't by a Kentsfield based QC when penryn is supposed to be just around the corner and will include several architectural enhancements.

When Penryn comes out, if Barcelona IS out (AMD is having quite a hard time to get their launches on a timely fashion... a real pitty, as if this continues, we'll have no competition at all as for what CPU market matters), I'll get the best performing part (well, at least if the "money delta" isn't way too higher than the performance delta, I'm no millionaire, unfortunately for me :D :D ).

If Barcelona isn't out, I'll get the best one between Penryn and Kentsfield, as my 2 year-old, single core machine is asking for an upgrade and I couldn't wait AMD for ever just to see if it brings something competitive (I'm optimistically assuming that Barcelona will be competitive to what Intel has going out of the oven by then, but this assumption of mine could turn to be quite wrong)

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