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esa193

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does any one now when intel will be relasing there quad core mainstream prossesors like the equivilnt of a intel dual core 6600 only in quad?
 

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Here's some good reading:

Conroe

In October 2006, leaked Intel roadmaps unveiled that Intel plans to release four additional Core 2 Duo Processors. The release in 2007 will coincide with that of the Intel Bearlake chipset. The new processors will be the Core 2 Duo E6650, E6750, E6800, and E6850. Processors with a number ending in "50" will have a 1333 MT/s FSB. The processors will all have 4 MB of L2 cache. Their clock frequency will be similar to that of the already released processors with the same first two digits (E6600, E6700, X6800).


Kentsfield

As noted above, Intel plans to release mainstream versions of the Kentsfield quad-core processor, and brand them Core 2 Quad. (mainstream version is Q6600,Q6400)


Penryn

The successor to the Merom, code-named Penryn will most likely debut the 45 nanometer process that will be also used for the Kentsfield sequel, Yorkfield. Announcements about Penryn are expected by mid-2007. Its successor should be Nehalem.


Yorkfield

Earlier media reports suggested Yorkfield to be an octa-core (eight-core) processor consisting of 2 dies with four cores each. However the newest rumours indicate that Yorkfield will be the quad-core successor to the Kentsfield processor. It will have a 45 nanometer process, and be a single die design, unlike the Kentsfield, which has been compared to basically two separate Conroe cores in one socket. The Yorkfield will have 8 MB of fully shared L2 cache (the Kentsfield has two separate 4MB L2 caches, shared separately by each pair of processors). An across-the-board increase in bus speed (connection to the northbridge, etc.) to be greater than 1333 MT/s is hoped for by this point, as all processors will be primarily limited by the bus bandwidth. This may prove to be difficult, as past advancements in bus speed have come coupled with changes in how the data is sent. Yorkfield is also expected to be released supporting DDR3 memory (1333 MHz DDR), as suggested by certain enthusiast websites.


Allendale


An E4300 Allendale (1.8 GHz, 800 MT/s FSB) will be released in the 1st quarter of 2007.


Merom

Merom was released on July 27, 2006, and has since been adopted by notebook manufacturers.

A second wave of Merom processors featuring an 800 MT/s FSB and using the new Socket P is expected to launch in April 2007. These chips will be part of the platform codenamed Santa Rosa. Low voltage versions are also planned for release in the same timeframe.


Conroe-L

Intel will offer a low-cost single-core version of Conroe, code-named "Conroe-L", starting from the second quarter 2007, according to an article on DailyTech. The new Conroe-L processors will not carry the Core nomenclature. Instead Intel is resuscitating the Pentium and Celeron brands for Conroe-L based products.

The New Conroe-L processors shall be named Pentium E2xxx series. It supports 800MHz FSB and only has 1MB L2 Cache.





Second-Generation Quad-Core Chip from Intel to Come in Q3 2007.
Intel to Improve Quad-Core Processors in Q3 2007

Category: CPU

Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, will release what is generally called “native” quad-core processor in the third quarter of the year 2007, according to several media reports and rumours circulating around Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, California.

The microprocessor code-named Yorkfield will feature single-die design as well as unified level-two (L2) cache, which should boost its efficiency when compared to Intel's first-generation quad-core offerings that have two-dice design and have to cooperate using processor system bus (PSB). Yorkfield is expected to feature 1333MHz PSB and be compatible with chipsets code-named Bearlake, which also support DDR3 memory.

It is interesting to note that earlier media reports indicated that Yorkfield is a code-name for Intel's octa-core (eight-core) microprocessor that consists of two dice made using 45nm process technology. Those octa-core (eight-core) were originally expected to be released in 2008 or beyond. Meanwhile, Intel's first single-die quad-core chip was earlier rumoured to be code-named Bloomfield. Given that current information comes from unofficial sources and roadmaps tend to be changed rather quickly, it is highly-likely that the chips may have different code-names and/or specifications.

Intel Corp. will commercialize its first quad-core microprocessors as early as in November, 2006, about six months ahead of AMD, which is likely to add competitive pressure on the world's second largest supplier of x86 microprocessors. But AMD believes that Intel's approach to put two dice on a single slice of substrate to build a quad-core processor is inefficient and AMD's “native” single-die quad-core design will provide better performance and scalability for servers. On the other hand, AMD may not hold advantage of having the world's only x86 single-die quad-core chip, as Intel's code-named Yorkfield may be launched just several months after, in Q3 2007.
 

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thats intresting hmmm
i heard pci exspress 2 will be comign out will card still be compatible with pc exspress right now
also ddr3 is that realy needed?
 

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Yes, DDR3 will be even better. I can't wait for all this stuff to come out. I should wait even longer for a new build since all this stuff is coming out late 2007 and in 2008.
 

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ddr3 not that big of a deal the mother bord im getting cna support 8 gigs of ddr2
im conserned about pci exspress is there a new version coming out
 

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Here's more on DDR3:

DDR3 is slated to be the DDR2 successor and promises greater bandwidth and lower power. While DDR3-1066 MHz modules are the first to be used, DDR3 has a lot more headroom available. Modules are expected to ramp up to 1600 MHz in the future. There has been no mention of the memory access latency of DDR3 yet.

The DDR3 shown is in a 240-pin configuration, with 120 pins on each side. A notch 48 pins from the left of one side separates the DIMM so that DDR3 is not accidentally placed in DDR1 or DDR2 motherboards.

AMD is expected to support DDR3 with the upcoming K8L quad-core processors in 2008. Intel originally had plans to support DDR3 in Q4'06, though most of these estimates have been scaled back by almost a year. When we had the opportunity to sit down with Samsung's Directory of DRAM Marketing, Tom Trill, he was very specific with regard to DDR3 placement in future markets. The majority of DRAM customers welcomed DDR2 expecting an immediate ramp up from DDR1 with very little regard for performance or price. Unfortunately for these customers, DDR1 stuck around longer than most had anticipated, and early DDR2 adopters were faced with high cost DDR2-400 and DDR2-533 that provided little, if any performance gains over DDR1-400. Trill warned that the industry as a whole will require major performance gains from DDR3 before jumping head first into into another new DRAM format.

As for PCI express 2, bandwidth is increased big time. That's all I know about it. Too sketch to know at this point.
 

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esa193 said:
ddr3 not that big of a deal the mother bord im getting cna support 8 gigs of ddr2
im conserned about pci exspress is there a new version coming out
yes
wikipedia said:
PCI Express is nearing completion of version 2.0 and should be available by early 2007. PCIe 2.0 doubles the bus standard's bandwidth to 5Gbps but remains compatible with the current specification, PCIe 1.1. The PCI-SIG also said PCIe 2.0 also features improvements to the point-to-point data transfer protocol and its software architecture.[1]

PCI Express 2.0 will be first introduced by Intel in the "Intel 3-series" chipsets such as P35 and G33 that will be introduced in the third quarter of 2007.
 

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It's a good time to build now too. The Core 2 Duo's are great processors and the 8800GTX rocks. I think if we keep waitng to catch up to technology, the wait will be endless.
 
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