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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 Martimus on 9/28/2007 12:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree with your stance on Power Supplies, but then I used to design them (Although for microcontrollers, not computers). I had one power supply kill my motherboard (it was kind of cool to see the black smoke come out of the back though), and I have had nothing but problems when I try to add a third HD to any of my computers. Most PSU's just don't have enough power on the 12V rail to support enough optical and magnetic drives. If you throw in a new HD because your old one is full or making noise, and you want to transfer the data over, it is a crapshoot whether you can get the drives to work properly. PSU's aren't the only culprit, but it is an easy one to fix.

RE: I Can't...
By calyth on 9/28/2007 1:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on the sentiments on the power supplies (i.e. I disagree also with Martimus' parent post).

It's always good to have the extra power, because although newer power supplies are less shady, older power supplies of unknown/shady/curious origins have blown plenty of computers. We have an super-old instrument computer with a dual P3 on an Abit board, with a power supply that I've seen blown before. After one weekend, someone reported the instrument computer won't boot, and when I touched the casing, the power supply was excessively warm. When I opened it up, I found the ATX cable charred and the video card has a large charred spot. I think the layered PCB on the video card curled apart at the charred spot.

Even if that isn't exactly a PSU failure, I've personally seen enough computers die with shady power supplies, even though there was no real reason why the computer would overload the PSU. My old Enermax 450W, which served me from my Duron 700 days to an AthlonXP 2500+, died rather gracefully with the 12v falling out of spec, instead of being blown and billowing smoke.

Power supplies, cases, and heatsinks are often-overlooked parts when people build their computers.

RE: I Can't...
By Martimus on 9/28/2007 2:32:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure what you disagree with about my parent post. I didn't think that I contradicted it with the post you agreed with. I was wondering what I said that you disagree with?

Enermax may have a very good PSU, but I don't know as I have never had one. That was why I asked why it was chosen. I wanted to know the quality of such a PSU. She answered without mentioning the quality, so I still don't know. That was the same question about the Sony burner. I really just wanted to know if that model had better quality than my previous cd drives by Sony (those were quite a while ago, when I thought that Sony would have high quality. They managed to prove me wrong, and I have since learned not to trust reputations, because they are not always earned.) The last burner I bought was a Plextor 18X burner, but it has since died on me. It may be under warantee as I bought it not long ago, but I don't want to replace it with another of the same model. I have found little on DVD Burner reviews, so I was hoping to get some light shed on a good model burner to get.

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