Intel Jumps 45nm Embargo; Reviews Imminent
October 28, 2007 3:59 PM
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Hark! Today marks the arrival of Intel's first 45nm desktop processor
To coincide with the NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GT launch scheduled for later today, Intel jumped the gun today with its immediate embargo lift on its high end 3.0 GHz
The Extreme Edition QX9650 desktop processor is Intel's first 45nm offering. True to
Intel's "tick-tock" approach to processor design
, all initial 45nm processor offerings will be process node shrinks of the Core 2 Duo architecture. The only feature difference between these processors and the Core 2 Duo
processors announced last year is the inclusion of additional L2 cache,
and higher clock frequencies.
The QX6950 features 12MB of L2 cache, a 1333 MHz front-side bus and a 130W thermal envelope.
The QX9650 will remain Intel's halo processor for the better part of 2008 until the introduction of the next, and possibly last, Core 2 Duo frequency bump. In last 2008, Intel will replace its server and desktop architectures in favor of
its next-generation architecture
Intel representatives claim all media information about the QX9650 is now available for the public domain with the exception of the price. Reviewers are allowed to post all embargoed information at midnight tonight.
Previously leaked Intel roadmaps already indicated that the 45nm Extreme Edition will launch with the standard Extreme Edition price tag, $999. Intel memos forwarded to
indicate the hard ship date for these new processors still remains November 12, 2007. On this date, the company will lift the embargo on all 45nm desktop offerings.
Intel's 45nm offerings are not the only processors expected to launch this November. AMD roadmaps also indicate the company's 65nm native quad-core
Phenom processors will launch late November
. In addition to the new processors, AMD will also announce its
RV670 graphics processor
and RD790 chipset.
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RE: $1 Grand
10/29/2007 4:22:28 AM
So does anybody really buy these $1000 processors??
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: some people want to have the best possible CPU, and are willing to pay for it.
If Intel didn't sell "extreme editions," one of the OEMs would buy CPUs straight from in lots of 1000, bin them, and sell the best ones as "extreme" for $1k apiece, or sell them for $5k as part of a custom-built PC. Intel might as well be the one to bin them and sell at the high price.
Plus, there is the prestige factor. People see the $1000 CPU and assume that Intel chips are the fastest and that they're the best deal. For people who spend $100 on a CPU, AMD is currently the better deal unless you are overclocking.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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