The Core 2 Extreme QX9650: The First Desktop Penryn, November 12th

Intel announced details of its first quad-core Penryn (Yorkfield) processor, due out on November 12th - the Core 2 Extreme QX9650.

The QX9650 features four 45nm Penryn cores running at 3.0GHz with a 1333MHz FSB, and a total of 12MB L2 cache (6MB per two cores). Like all Extreme Edition processors, the QX9650 will ship unlocked.

Given the name, we'd expect to see it at the $999 price point of other top end Extreme Edition processors. The QX9600 will have the same 130W TDP as its predecessors.

Penryn SFF

In this morning's keynote Intel mentioned that it would be reducing CPU and chipset package size by the end of 2008 and we now have clarification on that statement. Intel's Montevina mobile platform due out in the second half of 2008 will offer small form factor versions of mobile Penryn, the Cantiga North Bridge and the South Bridge:

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  • GhandiInstinct - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    Kurt cobain would be proud...

    Intel isn't getting lazy cause its on top, it's doing what a great company should do, trounce and eliminate all competition while it's customers get the cheapest and greatest technology.

    GO INTEL!!!!

    Now with USB3.0 even more reason to buy an ultimate rig from my AGP in 2H 2008.
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  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    So, if it truely is 10x the performance, that would equate to 4.8Gb. Wow, who really needs ESATA then if CPU utilization is minimized? (Yes, I know ESATA will still have it's place). Reply
  • spinportal - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    If USB 3.0 chipsets can forgo the saturation and polling deadlocking of the southbridge (data channels for SATA, IDE, USB, Ether(giga)net, PCIe bus? vs Northbridge on memory?) for competition of bandwidth, this kind of speed is worthwhile. What is the point of plugging in a USB device and lockstepping your OS's multithreading while it's negotiating? What's the point of throttling a USB channel, when your other channels tank, starve and choke? Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    I somehow suspect that CPU utilisation will not be minimised via "USB-offload-engines", so expect 4800Mbps USB3 to require quite a bit more CPU resources. If you want an interconnect with lower CPU utilisation, then there is always Firewire, although USB3 promises to put the freeze on that technology. Firewire needs to get its act together methinks. Reply
  • luxor - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    Anand, these pics are blurry. You know this. We would love to be able to read some of these slides. Reply
  • Tristesse27 - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - link

    BTW, your pictures aren't blurry because you're sitting in the back. You're pictures are blurry because you have the wrong camera for the job. Reply
  • rqle - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    IDF is by far the most entertaining conference of them all. Reply
  • mattsaccount - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    "Johan made us late to the keynote and we had to sit in the back."

    Bad Johan!
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