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Intel adds 4GHz Pentium 4 into this year's desktop offerings

Desktop Roadmaps Celeron 3.3GHz Prescott by year end
Thu Jan 29 2004, 14:48
DOWN AT THE PORCUPINE yesterday we saw Intel's latest roadmaps which confirm that it will be able to offer a 4GHz Pentium 4 for sale by the end of the year. Intel's been broadcasting these hopes for quite a while.

And as revealed elsewhere today, Intel 925X and 915 are the names for the Alderswood and Grantsdale chipset.

The Grantsdale 915GV and GL are the variants for Intel's "Third Generation" integrated graphics, but the 910GL will be backward compatible with 478 pin Prescotts.

As we've written elsewhere, Intel wil introduce a 3.40GHz Northwood version of its Extreme Edition on February 2nd next. But it will also produce an LGA 775 version of this chip in the second quarter.

On launch day, Intel will manage to introduce a 3.40GHz Pentium 4 with 512K cache based on the Northwood cache.

But we won't see 90 nanometre Celeron chips using 256K L2 cache and at speeds of 3.06GHz and system buses of 533MHz until the second quarter.

By the first quarter of next year, Intel hopes to introduce desktop Pentium 4s at speds greater than 4GHz. In fact, the lowest clock speed available on the desktop front by year end will be at 2.80GHz. That's the time Intel will introduce a 3.33GHz Prescott Celeron.

The pricing for the Prescott products next week will be as we revealed in our last regular desktop roadmap article last month. But the Northwood, with only 512K, will cost $420 - soon to be displaced by a Prescott version at the same frequencies and the same price.

Intel had intended to move the prices in February in two stages but it's all bundled into one, now. µ


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