STEALTHY PILFERERS originating somewhere we can’t pinpoint on a map have snapped a slide from an Intel Roadmap document revealing the upcoming launch of two new flavours of CPUs. Not just two individual CPUs, but two series to be precise.
The slide is quite useful as it insists on placing CPUs in what we presume is a pecking order of sorts – from the extremely expensive Core 2 Extreme QX9775 down to the Celeron D 356 in the value segment. It’s also dated Week 23, which would’ve been the third week of May.
Having said that, and using our two optical globes, we can see the Q8000 series quad core slotted in between the Q9300 (above) and the QX9650 (below). The chipset compatibility matrix on this series mirrors the Q9300 but not the QX9650, so the Q8000 looks like a stripped-down Q9300 core, differing solely on cache, ie: 45nm, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB, VT and TXT.
The E5000 series dual core sits at the top of the order in the value segment, most likely a successor/shrink to the E4000 series as they have the same cache and FSB and differ in fabrication process alone, ie: 45nm, 2MB cache, 800MHz FSB.
While some processors shrink others just get stripped of cache and make the world a mess for AMD, we guess. These are the last CPUs to be released before the coming of Nehalem and the Intel Crap Name Generator kicks in.
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