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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: I Can't...
By deeznuts on 9/28/2007 12:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
Sony DVD burners are repackaged/relabeled right? I forget which manufacturer, they're not bad though.

But before Hardocp started reviewing PSU's, Jonnyguru and Xtremesystem forums are what I used. XS forums have a forum just for PSUs. Hardocp likes to do something done already, and then proclaim they are the best since they are the first to think of it! - I believe Jonny just retired though, which sucks. But I thought I read his site will go on, I'm not sure. Anyways I ended up with the Corsair 620, excellent PSU.

RE: I Can't...
By Oregonian2 on 9/28/2007 3:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
Recently Sony and NEC joined in a joint venture for DVD burner drives.

I recently gave up on my beloved Plextor too, they seem to have given up the high end market and 8-MB buffers.

Picked a Pioneer 112D one. Seems to be working well.

RE: I Can't...
By mikeyD95125 on 9/28/2007 6:40:48 PM , Rating: 2
I believe LiteOn OEM's for Sony.

RE: I Can't...
By Quiescent on 9/28/2007 7:13:26 PM , Rating: 1
Pretty funny. LiteOns are the ones that a person I know uses. With that, a 10k rpm harddrive, and a dual core processor, they can burn DVDs in a matter of 4 minutes. And they do this about 5-30 times every day. With this, they've had these DVD burners for two years.

RE: I Can't...
By InsaneScientist on 9/28/2007 10:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
It is LiteOn :)

I've been absolutely amazed by the quality of their drives...
I've got a computer in my home that's about 6 years old at this point... it normally has 3 drives in it, I've replaced 2 of them several times, and the 3rd one is an old 12x10x32x LiteOn CD-RW that won't die... I actually kinda want it to die now so I have an excuse to upgrade it to a DVD burner, but it won't go away. :D

Now when I buy optical drives, I won't go with anyone else. :)

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