According to sources close to Intel, the company is planning to release a six-core Nehalem processor in roughly the same timeframe as the big Lynnfield/P55 release scheduled for later this year.
Our sources said that the new chip will drop into existing X58/LGA1366 motherboards with a BIOS update. We’re told that most board manufacturers have already added support, so unless you’re running an outdated BIOS release, there’s no need to worry about whether your board will work with the new chip or not.
It will sit alongside the Core i7 975 on this platform as Intel plans to discontinue every other Core i7 CPU
later this year. What was interesting though was that the new chip apparently won’t fit under the Core i7 moniker. When probed, the sources said that Intel hadn’t finalised the name for this chip but were fairly certain that it wouldn’t fall under the i7 brand.
While we were talking about Intel’s current (and future) branding strategy, the source said that Intel had referred to its Lynnfield processors under the ‘Core i5’ moniker all along, which of course raises questions about Intel’s earlier statement. It could, however, be that Intel has decided to re-think its branding strategy for all of its new CPUs.
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