Intel has announced 16 new 45nm processors today, including its first Penryn family processors for notebooks based on Intel’s Centrino platform.
These notebook processors range from the flagship Core 2 Extreme X9000—which is clocked at 2.8GHz and features an unlocked multiplier—right the way down to the Core 2 Duo T8100 that is clocked at a fairly modest 2.1GHz.
All of the announced notebook processors are dual-core variants and use an 800MHz front side bus. The X9000, T9500 and T9300 feature a 6MB shared L2 cache, while the T8300 and T8100’s L2 cache is just half the size of the 9000-series processors.
Along with the notebook processors, Intel has announced three mainstream quad-core desktop processors, the Q9550, Q9450 and Q9300 – all of which will be available sometime in Q1 2008. The Q9550 and Q9450 feature a 12MB shared L2 cache and are clocked at 2.83GHz and 2.66GHz respectively, while the Q9300 is clocked at 2.50GHz and features just 6MB of L2 cache.
For those of you that aren’t interested in the quad-core parts, there are four new 45nm dual-core processors: the E8500, E8400, E8200 and E8190. All of these chips have a 6MB shared L2 cache, while the clocks range from 2.66GHz right the way up to 3.16GHz.
The difference between the E8200 and E8910 is small – the model number difference just indicates that there is no support for Intel Virtualisation Technology and Intel Trusted Execution Technology. All of these chips run on a 1333MHz front side bus and prices (in 1,000 unit quantities) range from $530 for the Q9550 to $163 for the E8200/E8190.
Finally, there are also four server processors—three quad-core and one dual-core chip—with clock speeds on the quad-core chips ranging from 2.50GHz to 2.83GHz – just like their desktop equivalents. They’re essentially the workstation equivalents to the Q9550, Q9450 and Q9300 – we’ve included a full break down of the products below.
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