CES 2008: Intel Dishes Out 16 45nm CPUs

Talk about going for the hard sell.

Intel’s first play at CES is great for a number of reasons, the foremost being that those consumers among you chomping at the bit for a Penryn processor in your desktop, notebook or server no longer have to rely on leaks from Intel’s partners (and Intel itself) to find out just when these chips are coming and confirm their specs.

The full list of new notebook and desktop processors can be seen below and yes, it is a long one:

Starting on the server side we see three quad-core parts, the X3360, X3350 and X3320 which have 12MB of shared L2 cache, run on a 1,333MHz FSB and sport 3GHz, 2.83GHz and 2.66GHz clock speeds respectively. On the dual-core front we see the E3110 which has 6MB L2 cache and a clock speed of 3GHz.

On the notebook front we won’t yet be seeing any quad-core chips yet, but we do at least get some tasty new dual-core offerings – all pretty much 45nm versions of existing chips. Starting from the top there’s the 2.8GHz X9000 which stands out in that it has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking; moving on we see the 2.6GHz T9500, 2.5GHz T9300, 2.4GHz T8300 and 2.1GHz T8100. The X and T9000 chips offering 6MB of L2 cache while the T8000 offer 3MB and all the new chips run on an 800MHz FSB.

Finally we come to the desktop processors and here thing get interesting; while we already have two desktop 45nm to the QX9650 already out and the paper-launched QX9770, we will also be getting some alternatives within the price range of us mere mortals. The 2.83GHz Q9550, and 2.66GHz Q9450 offering 12MB L2 cache and 2.5GHz Q9300 with 6MB cache make up the new additions to the quad-core range while on the dual-core side we find the 3.16GHz E8500 and 3GHz E8500 along side the E8200 and E8190, both carrying a 2.66GHz clock speed the latter sporting the lower number due to its lack of virtualisation and trusted execution technology support.

A bit more information is available on the list below, including 1,000-unit pricing but I consider that about as much use as a raspberry-flavoured sugar bagpipe when it comes to guessing UK retail costs; still, peruse it at your leisure if you will.

Intel press release

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