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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

Model
Core
Frequency
TDP
L2 Cache
Launch Price

QX96503.0 GHz 130W
12MB
$999

Q9950
2.83 GHz 95W
12MB
$530
Q9450
2.66 GHz 95W
12MB
$316
Q9300
2.50 GHz 95W
6MB
$266

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

Model
Core
Frequency
TDP
L2 Cache
Launch Price

E85003.16 GHz 65W6MB
$266

E84003.00 GHz 65W6MB
$183
E8200
2.66 GHz 65W6MB
N/A


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 calyth on 9/28/2007 1:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
There are lots of reviews out there for PSUs. My old Enermax work well, and failed rather gracefully. I have an Antec that never gave me a problem. Leave yourself some extra room for the power couldn't hurt your computer.

I wouldn't know a thing about Sony burners, cause I don't really go for anything Sony anymore. I wouldn't touch LG burners though. I've 2 of them fail excessively quickly.


RE: I Can't...
By Martimus on 9/28/2007 2:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
My Antec Tru-Power 450 was the one that destroyed my MB, about 5 years ago. I got it after a good review on Fingsquad, and it failed within 2-3 months. I even went through looking for shorts or sources of failures, and found none. (At that time I worked at Delphi, and I regularly did system fault analysis on electronic boards, so I was pretty good at it.) I finally concluded that the Power Supply just died. I think I had a somewhat dirty electrical signal in my apartment at the time, so that may have been why it happened.

I didn't really learn my lesson though, as I bought another Antec Power supply after that; although I bought the higher model "Neo-Power". It has given me problems when I have too many drives attached. It may be a MB problem as well, but I am not sure. The next PSU I buy will be a PC Power and Cooling though, even though they are expensive. I have never heard anything but fantastic things about their quality, so I will try it out myself.


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