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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 JumpingJack on 9/28/2007 9:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
You are being very optimistic, you are taking AMD's 2nd half 2008 launch and pegging that at April/May. We haven't even heard of a working Shanghai chip let alone a volume ramp of Barcelona.

AMD is a year behind, they will be lucky to produce a 45 nm CPU for sale in 2008. It took them 29 months to turn 65 nm around (launch of 90 nm to launch of 65 nm), 45 nm in 18 months? Very optimistic.

RE: AMD is only six months or so behind Intel
By JoKeRr on 9/28/2007 11:08:17 AM , Rating: 2
The TDP of those dual core processors seem really high, 120W to 80W, where as most core 2 duals today are rated at 65W. Maybe it will come down with future stepping? Any thoughts?

RE: AMD is only six months or so behind Intel
By Shintai on 9/28/2007 2:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
Its an error. They are 65W and the 3.16 is also in a 40W LV version for the server segment.

Lots of errors in the article. :/

By KristopherKubicki on 9/28/2007 2:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
This has been corrected -- thanks.

By misuspita on 9/30/2007 9:30:57 AM , Rating: 2
Are these dual-core CPU's gonna be compatible with older boards supporting the "old" E6000 series?

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