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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Non Extreme Lineup
10/29/2007 7:07:12 AM
I'd really wished that Intel would release the Non-Extreme variants this holiday season. Really wanted to build a new PC by this year.
I guess it isn't going to happen soon though. They'd probably want to milk that $999 cow for as long as they possibly could.
RE: Non Extreme Lineup
10/29/2007 9:35:53 AM
Intel plans to introduce 15 new 45nm processors by the end of the year and another 20 in the first quarter of 2008.
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