Intel preps 45nm quad-core for launch

Written by Phil Cogar

September 28, 2007 // 6:45 p.m.

Tags: #extreme-edition #intel #november #penryn #wolfdale #yorkfield

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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