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Intel shows off "Penryn's" die at IDF  (Source: DailyTech, Brandon Hill)
November 12 is when "Penryn" will officially hit, in Xeon form

Intel’s Paul Otellini today, during the Intel Developer Forum, confirmed the launch for Penryn-based Xeon processors is set for November 12. Penryn will be Intel’s first 45nm architecture, designed for mobile, desktop, server and workstation use. Intel confirmed Penryn has a 410 million transistor die. Kentsfield has 582 million transistors while Conroe has 291 million transistors.

Intel’s reseller webpage accidentally leaked November 11 as the day resellers could start purchasing quad-core Xeon processors and listed the price. Intel immediately locked out the reseller webpage from the public after learning of the posting. Nevertheless, as with Intel launch tradition, the company typically launches new processors on Mondays, unless there’s a holiday.

Penryn Quad-Core Xeon DP - 1333 MHz FSB

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

Penryn Quad-Core Xeon DP - 1600 MHz FSB

L2 Cache
Launch Price

E54723.0 GHz 80W12MB

E54622.8 GHz 80W12MB

The company plans to release an onslaught of Penryn-based dual and quad-core Xeon processors with 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz front-side bus speeds. Launch speeds for Penryn-based quad-core Xeon models range from 2.0 GHz-to-3.16 GHz. Dual-core Penryn-based models start at 1.86 GHz and top out at 3.33 GHz.

Expect Intel to officially announce Penryn-based Xeon processors on November 12.

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RE: Cool
By FITCamaro on 9/18/2007 1:51:26 PM , Rating: 1
If only Xeon motherboards had SLI/Crossfire support and didn't cost out the butt. Of course with some gaming motherboards now at or over $200, a Xeon board isn't that far off. For my friends quad core system we ended up going with Asus' 650i board with dual 16x slots. Was like $180 while all the 680i boards were $200+ plus easy. Motherboard prices really have gotten out of control lately. I remember when a good gaming board was like $150 tops. Now days you can easily spend more on your motherboard than you do the CPU. At least RAM prices have come down.

It'd be sweet to get dual quad core Xeons. 4 x 1GB of RAM for dual channel on each CPU.

RE: Cool
By Master Kenobi on 9/18/2007 2:03:15 PM , Rating: 3
Xeons use FB-Dimms though and that will cost you. =(

RE: Cool
By Umbongo on 9/18/2007 2:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
Intel are bringing out a "Skulltrail" dual socket board with rumoured Crossfire support (not much use having 4 full PCI-E 2.0 slots otherwise), and much faster FB-DIMMs. Nvidia are rumoured to likely do their own SLI version.

RE: Cool
By Spuke on 9/18/2007 3:01:27 PM , Rating: 1
$150 was for AMD boards. Intel boards have been over the $200 mark for quite a few years.

RE: Cool
By Vanilla Thunder on 9/18/2007 4:31:48 PM , Rating: 3
IMO, SLI/Crossfire is a joke. Nothing but bragging rights and epenis inflation.


RE: Cool
By Duwelon on 9/19/2007 9:15:39 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing but bragging rights and epeen, except you know, increased performance.

Cookies and Cream

RE: Cool
By Vanilla Thunder on 9/19/2007 10:02:39 AM , Rating: 2
except you know, increased performance

Oh yeah. 20% performance increase at only twice the price. Sounds logical to me.


RE: Cool
By Duwelon on 9/19/2007 10:31:35 AM , Rating: 2
Even if it's only 2% it doesn't change the facts. Don't get me wrong, I only wish I could afford it myself.

Mint Chip

RE: Cool
By tedrodai on 9/19/2007 10:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
SLI/Crossfire has it's uses...if your monitor is as big as your living room wall. I'd personally rather save for retirement, however.

If I were a millionaire many times over, I'd definitely have that sort of set-up, don't get me wrong...

RE: Cool
By mikeyD95125 on 9/20/2007 12:30:46 AM , Rating: 2
Definitly helpful at 1900x1200 and 2560x1600 with 4xAA. If you can afford a monitor of that size then you can probably afford SLI/CF. But it's all about the drivers, and right now it isn't happening :(

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