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Old 2007-05-15, 14:45   #1
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Does anyone known the poop on availability of the Intel Quad cores?
In particular, when will they be released and when might they be available
on Laptops? My company runs a 3-yr lease cycle on computers. Mine
is due for renewal at the end of the year. I'm hoping the quad cores will
be available by then.
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Old 2007-05-15, 15:17   #2
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Quad cores for the desktop are available now. This fall you can expect a 45 nm shrink - a little less power, a little more speed, and a few new SSE instructions. I think you'll also get a faster FSB.

Quad cores for the laptop - I've not seen them on any Intel roadmap.
Intel just refreshed its laptop line with "Santa Rosa". You'll get a faster FSB.

My opinion: there might be reason to hold off on desktop upgrades until Fall. I wouldn't expect any major laptop changes until next Spring.
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Old 2007-05-15, 18:09   #3
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My opinion: there might be reason to hold off on desktop upgrades until Fall. I wouldn't expect any major laptop changes until next Spring.
This way you will never upgrade, because there will always be something "just behind the corner"
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Old 2007-05-15, 18:20   #4
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This way you will never upgrade, because there will always be something "just behind the corner"
Well, yes; on the other hand, to buy a Q6600 quad-core processor for $530 now when there is universal consensus that the price will be $266 from July 23rd onwards seems other than completely wise. The unknowable future is one thing, the well-trailed roadmap another.

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Old 2007-05-15, 18:35   #5
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This way you will never upgrade, because there will always be something "just behind the corner"
You' may have misinterpreted my opinion. I'd delay a desktop quad-core upgrade today if the 45 nm benefits were important to me. I see no good reason to delay a laptop purchase today.

A google search on quad core laptops shows that you might be able to buy one in 2008 - month unknown:
http://www.laptoplogic.com/news/deta...1abd21de86a45d
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Old 2007-05-15, 23:29   #6
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Unfortunately a dual core is the most for 2007.

The best will be the X7900 @ 2.8 Ghz

Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile
____Processor___,Frequency,Bus Speed,L2 Cache
Core 2 Duo X7800,_2.60 GHz_,800MHz,__4MB
Core 2 Duo X7900,_2.80 GHz_,800MHz,__4MB
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There is no "true" quad core on the market yet, only chips with 2 duo cores. The first real quad core will be AMD Phenom (codename: Barcelona) :
http://www.amd.com/gb-uk/Corporate/V...117412,00.html
http://www.mersenneforum.org/showthr...ight=barcelona

No release date in the press release, but I think they said earlier it should be 2nd half of 2007?
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There is no "true" quad core on the market yet, only chips with 2 duo cores. The first real quad core will be AMD Phenom (codename: Barcelona) :
http://www.amd.com/gb-uk/Corporate/V...117412,00.html
http://www.mersenneforum.org/showthr...ight=barcelona

No release date in the press release, but I think they said earlier it should be 2nd half of 2007?
Intel claims they're two years ahead, and yet AMD is the first with a true quad-core.

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Old 2007-05-16, 23:00   #9
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How much quicker than intel's current 65nm Q6600 will AMD's Barcelona and Intel's 45m 2.4 quad chip be at running prime95?

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How much quicker than intel's current 65nm Q6600 will AMD's Barcelona be at running prime95?
No way to know. I believe the two chips will have the same theoretical peak FPU throughput. The likely answer is plus or minus 10% times the difference in raw clock speed.

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How much quicker than intel's current 65nm Q6600 will Intel's 45m 2.4 quad chip be at running prime95?
The raw clock speed difference will determine the difference. Intel has not officially announced what clock speeds the 45 nm chips will come in. You can expect them to be just a little bit faster.

There is also a new SSE instruction (ROUND) that could boost prime95's speed a few percent (after some programming).

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Intel claims they're two years ahead, and yet AMD is the first with a true quad-core.
Yes, but Barcelona/Phenom is based on 65nm. At the end of 2007 Intel should release its Penryn processor, a true quad core based on 45nm technology.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13...l/article.html
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