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Old 11-07-2007, 01:11 AM   #85 (permalink)
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Default Re: AMD Phenom X4 CPU Prices Emerge

Intel had integrated memory controllers on their itanium chips i believe it was. This was back in in the days of rdram that basically took a dump. "true" quadcores are actually MORE expensive to produce than the double double that intel uses because unless all 4 cores yield the chip is useless. This can be proven by the fact that amd is goign to be offering tricores to sell off the quadcores that dont pass specs. I'm not trying to start up any flamewars, i just spend entirely too much time online researching this crap. Its MUCH cheaper and much easier to put 2 dual cores on a single die than it is to produce a true quad core.

Edit also as i stated earlier, the nehalems will be a true quad core with onboard memory controller at 45nm and then stepping into 32nm. The nehalems are already taped out which means that they already have working samples and are sending them to production so yes, intel is WAY ahead of the game. I hope intel comes out with something to keep the game going, but considering how hush hush they are keeping things, the only reason i can think of is that they are either not going to hit their deadline or the performance isnt going to be good enough to start hyping.
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