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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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RE: overboard
By sonoran on 8/14/2007 7:39:24 PM , Rating: 5
Just an amusing historical footnote - the original IBM PC had a 10MB hard drive. That's smaller than the cache on these chips. ;)

RE: overboard
By Polynikes on 8/14/2007 8:26:56 PM , Rating: 1
That's pretty funny.

RE: overboard
By Alpha4 on 8/14/2007 8:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
Haha. Too true. The thought of that much cache conjures up memories of my 486dx2 with 12MB of PC66 SD-ram.

RE: overboard
By deeznuts on 8/15/2007 12:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
I had a computer where my dad's college professor colleague came over and doubled the ram on our computer. I was a very very young fool back then, and the computer was a bit dated, but let's just say I believe he doubled it to like 128K or something.

RE: overboard
By bhigh on 8/15/2007 1:37:26 PM , Rating: 2
It was plain old DRAM or EDO DRAM in the 486 days. SDRAM wasn't available until about 1997, well into the Pentium and K6 days.

My 90 MHz P5 used EDO DRAM, my 200 MHz K6 had SDRAM.

RE: overboard
By boffo on 8/14/2007 11:28:54 PM , Rating: 3
Just an amusing historical footnote - the original IBM PC had a 10MB hard drive. That's smaller than the cache on these chips. ;)

Not true, and it's even more extreme than that. You're thinking of the PC-XT, which was the second generation. The first IBM PC only had a couple of 5.25" floppy drives. Oh, those were the days.

RE: overboard
By Regs on 8/15/2007 12:02:55 AM , Rating: 3
It is scary. I only wonder what the future brings. Nano's and data traveling through light (photons) and what not. Maybe then can we make man travel to mars possible.

Then of course colonize mars with research labs. Then opening up portals and gateways for extra-dimensional travel. Of course...hell will then start to take over so we can't go too fast.

RE: overboard
By wordsworm on 8/15/2007 12:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
Or better yet... remember the movie Weird Science? Who cares about traveling to Mars. What's the big deal in that?

RE: overboard
By porkpie on 8/15/2007 7:45:25 AM , Rating: 4
Fantasizing about running off a few copies of Kelly LeBrock on our inkjet printer, are we?

RE: overboard
By Polynikes on 8/15/2007 6:49:50 PM , Rating: 3
As long as our fearless hero from Doom 3 is there on Mars to stop the incoming invasion... :D

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