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Intel updates gaming notebook chips

Quads at 35W and Montevina on June 22
Thu May 15 2008, 10:19

INTEL IS GOING to launch a raft of 35W 'desktop' parts on June 22 of this year, but no one thinks they are going to go into many desktops. What you are seeing is the new line of XTReeM(1) gaming laptops.

The new parts are going to replace the X9000, X7900, and a lot of T series parts from the 7xxx to 9xxx range. New in June are the X9100@3.06GHz, T9600@2.80, P9500@2.53, T9400 also @2.53, P8600@2.40 and the lowly P8400@2.26. All but the last two are 6M caches, those have 3M, but all are on a 1066FSB.

The costs on them are $851, $530, $348, $316, $241, and $209 respectively if you order enough to use as building materials.

The keen-eyed will notice that this is pretty much the same price points as the 800FSB parts they replace. What can be launching on June 22nd then? Montevina perhaps?

In Q3 some time, the QX9300 will slot in above the X9100 and usher in the world of quad core laptops. While it is fun to mock the slow, the simple fact that Intel can put out a 2.53GHz 12M quad in 35W, not 45W as some others claim, is nothing short of amazing. It will cost $1038 upon release. µ

10W off

(1) Just made that one up, but it will likely sound less silly than the very expensive and focus-grouped-to-death 'real' name.


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