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Intel prepares boxed quad-core "Penryn" based Xeon processors for November 11

Intel has set the launch date for its Penryn based quad-core Xeon processor family. The company intends to launch seven new Harpertown based models ranging from 2.0-to-3.16 GHz on November 11, according to a posting on Intel’s reseller webpage. Standard “E” bin and performance “X” bin processors launch on November 11.

Intel Xeon processors carrying the “E” designation feature 80-watt TDP ratings while the “X” bin processors have higher 120-watt TDP ratings. Intel does not plan to launch the low-power “L” models until Q1’08, with two models in the pipeline. 

Strangely, Intel never issued a formal announcement for the launch of Penryn nor has the November 11 date showed up on roadmaps. Instead, the launch date popped up on a public webpage for resellers.

Penryn Quad-Core Xeon DP

L2 Cache
Launch Price

X54603.16 GHz 120W12MB

E54503.00 GHz 80W12MB
2.83 GHz 80W 12MB
E54302.66 GHz 80W12MB
2.50 GHz 80W12MB
E54102.33 GHz 80W 12MB
2.00 GHz

Pricing for Penryn-based Intel Xeon processors begin at $209 for the entry-level E5405 to $1,172 for the top-end X5460. Although Intel set the launch dates for quad-core Xeon based Penryn processors, the company remains silent on the launch date of the desktop and mobile counterparts.

Intel’s Penryn architecture is the next evolution of the Core 2 micro architecture that made its debut with Woodcrest and Conroe processors. Penryn introduces a 45nm fabrication process with a few additional performance enhancements. Most notably, Penryn introduces new SSE4 instructions for enhanced multimedia performance.

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12MB cache on a US$200 chip
By PrinceGaz on 8/14/2007 6:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
That says a lot about Intel's production capabilities, that they can produce a chip with such a large cache and still sell it for just over US$200.

We need AMD to keep prices competitive, but the more I read about Intel's developments, the more I am concerned about them. The only products AMD now have which are worth buying are low end CPUs which they make next to no profit from, and X1950 Pro graphics-cards which are going dirt-cheap now suggesting they make very little from them given the large die-size.

RE: 12MB cache on a US$200 chip
By geeg on 8/14/2007 7:08:09 PM , Rating: 3
would avoid a worthless post but could not agree more.. we need AMD so much yet she might have been doomed.

RE: 12MB cache on a US$200 chip
By bfonnes on 8/20/2007 4:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
I really hate being a cynic, because I really like AMD, but does anyone remember what happened to a company named Cyrix after they started producing combined GPUs/CPUs about 8 years ago?

RE: 12MB cache on a US$200 chip
By Martimus on 8/22/2007 3:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
Cyrix made very poor quality products from the get go though. IBM produced their chips for them, but they were always known to have horrible quality.

RE: 12MB cache on a US$200 chip
By flipsu5 on 8/17/2007 9:42:18 AM , Rating: 2
This is good and bad, for the consumer and the manufacturer respectively.

Obviously, such a high end going for "pretty cheap" is great for the high-end purchaser. One may hope that all the 65 nm Core 2 Duo products now get priced as aggressively as memory.

It is also surprising to see such a high-end product go for the same price as a 65 nm or even a 90 nm standard product. Keep in mind that this is a large area chip using a more expensive process. This affects both Intel and AMD.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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