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Intel's 65nm Extreme Edition arrives late to party

Launch after X-mas? w00t?
Fri Dec 02 2005, 07:30
INTEL HAS decided to end the year with a bang, sending AMD a firm warning about its intentions in 2006. The dual die Presler under the name of Pentium Extreme Edition 955 will hit the street on December the 27th, as we discovered in wonderful world of distributors.

The processor is consisted of out two physically separated dies manufactured in 65 nanometre process, consisted out of 2MB of L2 cache per die. The front side bus has been raised once more to 1.066 GHz, while the frequency of the dies is fixed at 3.46 GHz. The processor features Jackson and Vanderpool Technologies, one in its first and one in its last outing. Jackson Technology a.k.a. Hyper-Threading will disappear with Merom and Conroe, while Virtualization Technology is the new thing to have.

The processor will come in pack with already launched i975X chipset. Since preliminary testing of Presler showed that it can't beat AMD's Athlon FX-60, we wonder will the company summon some of its partners to give the boost. It could be two things: Corsair or OCZ coming to the rescue with DDR2-1066 memory or the CrossFire graphics card. Since X850XT is laughable compared to X1800XT alone, and the X1800 CrossFire was announced for late December, could it be that a dual launch is gearing up?

Only time will tell… and as we always say: all stories come true™.

So far, we have no information is this product going to be the first one with new Intel logos, since Yonah will hit the scene on Sunday the 1st, bearing the name Core Duo for the dual-core baby and Core Solo for of course, a single core model. I wonder where Han is hiding...µ


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