According to sources at Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers, Intel is planning to discontinue a number of its Core i7 processors almost as soon as it pulls the covers off its new Lynnfield CPUs on 1st September
The models include, but are not limited to, the Core i7 920 and Core i7 940, while one source suggested that the as-yet-unreleased Core i7 950 would also probably get the chop a bit later.
Apparently, Lynnfield's performance is so close to the cheaper i7 CPUs that Intel is looking to move the focus of its LGA 1366 socket to just the high-end, workstation and SMP boards using the X58 chipset. It all sounds remarkably similar to what AMD did with the early Athlon 64 FX processors, which used Socket 940 while all other Athlon 64s used Socket 754.
In light of this, motherboard manufacturers have said that they're already working to adjust their X58 product lines to cater for the price range and market future LGA 1366 processors will target.
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