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Intel's Extreme Edition "Yorkfield" processor will launch on November 12; sub-3.0 GHz variants will launch in the first half of January 2008

Intel’s latest roadmap reveals upcoming additions to its desktop processor lineup. Unfortunately, anybody awaiting a straightforward naming convention will need to hold out a bit longer as the processor numbers for desktop Yorkfield and Wolfdale chips complicate the naming situation even further.

The launch of an Extreme Edition version of a chip before mainstream offerings follows Intel’s modus operandi, and as such the rest of the Penryn family will not be seen until the first half of January 2008. The company ambiguously names January 2nd through 20th as the slated launch date for the processors, though companies generally tend to time launch events with trade shows.  The 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show starts on January 7, 2008.

Yorkfield Quad-Core Desktop - 1333 MHz FSB

L2 Cache
Launch Price

QX96503.0 GHz 130W

2.83 GHz 95W
2.66 GHz 95W
2.50 GHz 95W

The first of the new desktop processors, the quad-core Yorkfield-based QX9650, will be released on November 12 at an expected price of $999. The operating frequency of Intel's highest end 45nm quad-core at launch will be 3.0 GHz.

Desktop Penryn processors will not launch with the 1600 MHz front-side bus.  Intel's halo enthusiast Skulltrail V8 platform uses 1600 MHz workstation processors on a server-class motherboard and chipset.

The Intel Q9550, Q9450 and Q9300 will be the first of the mainstream Yorkfield offerings. At $266, the 45nm 2.50 GHz Q9300 replaces the 65nm 2.4 GHz Q6600.

Wolfdale Dual-Core Desktop - 1333 MHz FSB

L2 Cache
Launch Price

E85003.16 GHz 65W6MB

E84003.00 GHz 65W6MB
2.66 GHz 65W6MB

Intel guidance also suggests an intermediate SKU between E8400 and E8200, aptly named the E8300. This processor will eventually replace the 2.83 GHz dual-core processor previously named E8200.  Since the E8300 and E8200 specifications are not set in stone, neither is the final pricing.  Intel's lowest price-point for dual-core 65nm is $163, and it's safe to wager that the E8300 or E8200 will also carry the same pricing.

Before Intel's media-blitz on November 12, the company will silently launch the 65nm 2.4 GHz dual-core E4600 Conroe processor on October 21, 2007.

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RE: AMD is only six months or so behind Intel
By FITCamaro on 9/28/2007 8:26:18 AM , Rating: 5
For the average consumer, very little. But for people into video encoding, 3D animation, gaming, etc. quad core processors are a godsend.

RE: AMD is only six months or so behind Intel
By omnicronx on 9/28/2007 10:19:59 AM , Rating: 2
So true, I can hardly ever get 2 cores at load let alone 4. And most games are not multithreaded either, which in my mind is the only use for 4 cores for the average consumer.

By Pirks on 9/28/2007 4:01:44 PM , Rating: 1
Isn't Crysis supposed to change that? I heard it scales beyond two cores. Has anyone heard something concrete about this game's CPU scalability?

By sdsdv10 on 9/28/2007 9:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
And most games are not multithreaded either, which in my mind is the only use for 4 cores for the average consumer.

I don't know about that. I consider myself an average consumer using the $95 Sony Movie Studio software for editing digital home videos. The program can generate 4 threads and load 4 cores (as I believe can Pinnacles editor).

By DeepBlue1975 on 9/28/2007 1:09:24 PM , Rating: 2
So true.
I went from an a64 3200+ to a q6600...

Now I can decode whatever I want in just a few minutes(decoded 4 1gb ratdvd files into full blown 4gb dvds, all at the same time, in less than an hour... the amd machine took more than that to reach half a single file and then ratdvd crashed, could never decode a single ratdvd file on the athlon)

Winrar seems instantaenous in comparison, I no longer get bored of waiting to decompress a 2gb file compressed and split into 150+ files, it just takes something like 2 minutes or even less to do that now and the machine keeps being as responsive as if it were doing nothing at all, while the AMD machine not only took a much longer time, but also rendered my machine almost unusable unless I put the process in the lowest priority, running in background, and hence taking an eternity to complete...

As for games, I don't know yet as I haven't played any... Seems I'm becoming too old for games, but I do play very old DOS games in my PDA :D

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