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Intel preps 45nm quad-core for launch

Intel preps 45nm quad-core for launch

Intel will launch the QX9650, its first 45nm desktop processor, on November 12th.

If you're excited about Intel's Penryn line of desktop processors coming out early next year, you can ebb off some of that excitement this coming November. Intel will be launching a Core 2 Extreme "Yorkfield" processor on November 12th.

Clocking in a 3GHz with 12MB of L2 cache, the QX9650 won't be easy on your wallet. Pricing is set at $999 per unit in 1,000 unit quantities.

Mainstream editions of Yorkfield will launch sometime in January with a vague January 2nd through 20th listing from Intel.

The 2.83GHz Q9550, 2.66GHz Q9450, and 2.50GHz Q9300 will be priced at $530, $316, and $266 each in 1,000 unit quantities respectively. Like the QX9650, they will also have 12MB of L2 cache but this time will be in the 95W TDP band.

If quad-core isn't your thing, then you'll be happy to know that the dual-core variant of Penryn, which is codenamed "Wolfdale", will be launched at the same time.

Wolfdale will feature 6MB of L2 cache and, depending on clock speed, Wolfdale chips will fit into either a 120W or an 80W TDP band. The 3.16GHz E8500 will be the more power hungry of the batch, being the only one in the 120W TDP band. It'll be priced at $266 per chip in 1,000 unit batches. The 80W TDP 3.00GHz E8400 will be $183 each per 1,000 unit shipments while the 2.66GHz E8200 has yet to receive a shipping price.

We're yet to get confirmation on expected UK retail prices, but they're likely to fit in line with currently available processors in the same price band. You can expect a review of the Penryn processors from Tim sometime around the launch and we'll hopefully see how well these units will overclock.

If you're in the market for a processor now but don't have the money to drop on a brand new system, you can always pick up a Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition for less than $150/£90.

Are you saving up for the wallet busting QX9650 or will you hold out for the cheaper offerings next year? Let us know over in the forums.

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ssj12 28th September 2007, 19:55 Quote
Thats pretty cheap honestly. These to be about 300 dollars more.
Redbeaver 28th September 2007, 20:36 Quote
i wanna see Agena-core!! :D

then ill decide between Agena or Penryn. Yorkfield is too expensive for something to hold until Penryn comes along.........
Tim S 28th September 2007, 20:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
i wanna see Agena-core!! :D

then ill decide between Agena or Penryn. Yorkfield is too expensive for something to hold until Penryn comes along.........

Yorkfield is a desktop version of Penryn ;)
Drexial 28th September 2007, 21:01 Quote
mmmmm $266 overclockable quad *drools* Maybe next gen PC gaming wont cost as much as I thought.
DarkSynergy 28th September 2007, 21:58 Quote
with such a disparity between the QX9650 and the Q9550, it's almost a no brainer for all but the most extreme of gamers/overclockers/obscenely rich. The Q9550 or the Q9450 is where I am looking.
revlob 28th September 2007, 22:35 Quote
Gah, this couldn't come at a worse time. Well, it's great news, but I'm planning on building a new system in the next few weeks, and I was set on getting a Q6600. It looks like the Q9450 will be released in Janurary at a similar price to the Q6600 is now. Perhaps I should just get a Q6600 and sell it a few weeks before the Q9450 release, and hope it keeps its value...
The_Beast 29th September 2007, 01:26 Quote
sweet

revlob you could buy a E4300 and then upgrade to a Q9450
heir flick 29th September 2007, 09:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by revlob
Gah, this couldn't come at a worse time. Well, it's great news, but I'm planning on building a new system in the next few weeks, and I was set on getting a Q6600. It looks like the Q9450 will be released in Janurary at a similar price to the Q6600 is now. Perhaps I should just get a Q6600 and sell it a few weeks before the Q9450 release, and hope it keeps its value...

been thinking about the q6600 myself but something putting me off, if i can just fend off this need to spend money just for the sake of it then perhaps my trusty old 4800x2 will see me through untill the penryns come out
Queelis 29th September 2007, 09:30 Quote
Won't the Q9300 have only 6 megs of L2 cache?
wuyanxu 29th September 2007, 11:38 Quote
you guys, don't forget for affordable (eg q6600 prices) Penryns, it'd probably take at least 9 month IMHO
boynoing 29th September 2007, 11:58 Quote
what we need to do it is just wait uint it comes out. really look forward with this.
NoahFuLing 30th September 2007, 09:04 Quote
Pain in the butt, really. I was hoping to build a nice X38/whatever NVIDIA comes out with system, along with a nice new Penryn/Yorkfield/quad-core Intel. The problem is that I need to have it arrive before December 30. I guess I'll just buy everything I need except for the processor, and then when they come out spend the money and assemble. Bleh, silly Intel. At least the processors will kick so much butt...
inflatable 30th September 2007, 10:29 Quote
I always say, never buy the most expensive CPU, but always the one just under.. They are usually much cheaper, and very easy overclockable to be faster then the most expensive ones..

With that in mind, the 2.66GHz Q9450 looks like the best deal to me.. Unless you settle for dualcore, then the 3.00GHz E8400 looks good..
wuyanxu 30th September 2007, 12:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by NoahFuLing
Pain in the butt, really. I was hoping to build a nice X38/whatever NVIDIA comes out with system, along with a nice new Penryn/Yorkfield/quad-core Intel. The problem is that I need to have it arrive before December 30. I guess I'll just buy everything I need except for the processor, and then when they come out spend the money and assemble. Bleh, silly Intel. At least the processors will kick so much butt...
that shows the customer never wins in the waiting game.

the thing i don't get is that it's not native quad core. so if one's already got q6600 clocked at 3.6, what's the point getting a Q9450?
LeMaltor 30th September 2007, 19:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
that shows the customer never wins in the waiting game.

the thing i don't get is that it's not native quad core. so if one's already got q6600 clocked at 3.6, what's the point getting a Q9450?

Less heat?
Redbeaver 1st October 2007, 03:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
Yorkfield is a desktop version of Penryn ;)

im totally confused with all these names...

Article said Penryn's Desktop will come early 2008.. yes Yorkfile is out in November. so Yorkfile is a quad-core thats not Penryn's desktop's version.
but Penryn's dual-core version will be out November too. Wolfdale.

so Yorkfile is the quad version of Wolfdale's, but Wolfdale is Penryn's dual's desktop version but Yorkfile is not Penryn's Quad desktop version.

so Penryn's a non-desktop version that comes out next year.... but ...


pfffft................. >_<

anybody wanna explain to me in Layman's terms?

coz being a biased AMD fan, all im waiting is AMD's native quad. im not even sure when will that comes out, but thats what i want. or at least waiting to see some results before my next purchase. i *think* the quad will be called Agena, and the dual will be called Kuma. not sure when will those 2 comes out.
Gravemind123 1st October 2007, 05:08 Quote
Here is what it is, Yorkfield is desktop quadcores, Wolfdale is desktop dualcores. The stuff coming in 2008 is supposed to be "
Mainstream editions of Yorkfield will launch sometime in January with a vague January 2nd through 20th listing from Intel. " As in, non Extreme CPUs, just what most people would be able to afford, normal desktop CPUs.
outlawaol 1st October 2007, 08:09 Quote
Curse the advancement of computer tech! My new rig is dated already...
Namusetae 1st October 2007, 10:02 Quote
I was thinking of buying a quad core soon but now it seems I have to wait till 'early 2008' to buy one, well I'm not in a hurry so I can wait few months more. Seems that I'm not getting Q6600 after all. Q9450 seems to be in the price range I was thinking, so that would be my choice of weapon.
Redbeaver 1st October 2007, 16:16 Quote
thx grave! :)

aye, i agree... Q9450 seems to be the sweet spot there. Q9450 on Nforce790 SLI with 2x2Gb DDRII-1066.... yum!
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