Conroe coming sooner than you think

Written by Wil Harris

April 20, 2006 // 2:32 p.m.

Tags: #am2 #amd #conference-call #conroe #intel #merom #paul-otellini #release #share #stock #woodcrest

Intel had a financial conference call yesterday, and there were some juicy new details revealed, including the fact that Conroe has been pulled forward for release.

Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO, said yesterday that Conroe and Merom, the laptop version of the chip, will hit in the third quarter of this year, rather than the fourth quarter as previously planned.

This puts the next-gen Core chip in the July-September timeframe.

Quarter two, which we are currently in, would be used to lay the grounds needed to introduce Conroe, Otellini said. He also suggested that the chips in the Core lineup - Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest, the server chip - were "The most compelling product lineup in years."

So it seems like PC gamers looking for a massive leap in CPU performance won't have to wait quite as long as they might have thought. It seems that both CPU companies are pushing hard to woo new buyers, as we revealed earlier today that AMD will be launching its AM2 platform ahead of schedule, on May 23.

Are you going to stick with what you've got, go for AM2 or hold out and pick up a Conroe set up? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.
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