Intel Desktop CPU Roadmap 2006
February 16, 2006 2:40 AM
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Desktop CPU breakdown
Conroe begins strong market penetration in Q4'06
Dual-core processors and Conroe will take up the performance and mainstream desktop market for 2006
With increasing production investments on a global scale, Intel promised that 2006 would be the year of many changes. From what has happened so far, we can say that Intel is sticking well to its plans. Starting off with announcements that Intel will open new manufacturing facilities in Israel, India and
, the focus on driving strong production of 65nm products is well under way. According to Intel, dual-core will be its focus for all of this year, releasing products for both desktops
and mobile platforms
Intel's Conroe processor is receiving the most amount of press, is on high expectations with mainstream consumers and enthusiasts alike. Packing two cores,
a next-generation architecture
, and large amounts of cache, the Conroe family also comes in at significantly less than a Pentium EE. Conroe itself will be using LGA775 and so will the rest of Intel's desktop processors for the remainder of 2006. Expect the official Conroe platform announcement to come at IDF 2006 on March 7, 2006.
Most of Intel's single-core processors have already been announced and released, except for two Pentium parts running at 3.33GHz and 3.GHz, which are both slated for a release on May 28 of this year. Both processors will be sporting larger 512KB L2 caches and cost $117 and $103 respectively.
Intel Desktop Processor Roadmap
Price @ Launch
3.73GHz / 1066MHz
3.46GHz / 1066MHz
3.20GHz / 1066MHz
2.67GHz / 1066MHz
2.40GHz / 1066MHz
2.13GHz / 1066MHz
1.86GHz / 1066MHz
3.6GHz / 800MHz
3.4GHz / 800MHz
3.2GHz / 800MHz
3.0GHz / 800MHz
920 (no VT)
3.0GHz / 800MHz
2.8MHz / 800MHz
Conroe comes in later in the second half of this year, becoming the flagship family for Intel performance desktop processors. Official names for the new processors have not yet been revealed but technical details are there. Extreme Editions for Conroe are also planned but so far, no details have been released except for the fact that they will be based on LGA775. 2x2MB of L2 cache will be the base minimum for Pentium D 900 class processors and up except for Pentium Extreme Edition based on the Smithfield core, which has a 2x1MB L2 cache.
Intel is moving steadily through 2006, with a strong focus on dual-core processors. Now through to the end of 2006, we will see Conroe taking up roughly 20% of Intel's shipments by then end of the year while the Pentium D processor will remain the largest bulk of Intel's desktop shipments. By Q4 2006, the classic Pentium 4 will drop to roughly 30% of Intel's total desktop processor shipments.
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2/17/2006 10:47:32 AM
once again people worrying about the clockspeed. this is a new architecture noobs!
2/17/2006 12:03:51 PM
I agree, clock speed isn't everything, but isn't a Pentium D 920 at 2.8MHz kinda slow? Computers 15 years ago were running faster than that.
2/18/2006 2:15:25 AM
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