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Intel Announcements, Price Lists and Merom July Launch

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July 16, 2006 6:42:17 AM

Intel has released a slew of announcements that cover almost every product category. (Only Xeon DP, which is already launched, and Itanium, coming Q3, are not touched.) This is from the trusty website HKEPC, kind of a reliable Inquirer.

We'll work from the top. First up Xeon MPs.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=632194&starttim...

Tulsa is set to launch August 27th. Highest product at launch will be the 7140M, a 3.4GHz part with 16MB of shared L3 cache, a 800MHz FSB, and a 150W TDP. It'll be priced at $3157. M varieties will have a 800MHz FSB for the updated Truland platform, and N varieties will have a 667MHz FSB and be compatible with older 667MHz Truland platforms. Given the prices, it's nice to know that Intel occasionally cares about upgrade paths.

Next, Xeon SP.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=631842&starttim...

You will no longer be able to use consumer desktop parts like Presler and Cedar Mill and Conroe for single processor workstations. Intel has decided to make life complicated and will release a specific Xeon 3000 line for single processor setups. These will be basically Conroes with the same cache (the text is wrong about all 2MB, check the picture charts), the same clock speeds, the same socket, and the same price. Intel's only doing this to make life difficult. Xeon 3000s will launch in September.

Next low-end Conroes.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=632107&starttim...

Updated price charts of all Conroes and Pentium Ds are provided here along with the timeline of their availability. The announcement is that the X2 3600+ 256k part is slower than the 945D, comparable to the 1.6GHz E4200, and faster than the 915D and 925D. As such, Intel will be cancelling the 1.6GHz 800MHz FSB E4200 and replacing it a 1.8GHz 800MHz FSB E4300. This part should outperform the X2 3600+ while priced about the same. However, the E4300 won't be launched until Q1 2007 so things can change in that time.

In the meantime, the launch of the 3GHz 925D has also been moved up to October 1 to replace the 915D in order to put on pressure from below. The 945D already puts pressure on from above by being faster and priced slightly higher than the X2 3600+. In October 22, the 805D will be replaced by the 820D at $93.

Now Celeron D.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=632181&starttim...

In order to counter the new dual channel AM2 Semprons, Intel will be dropping Celeron D prices when Conroe launches on July 23rd. A new 3.46GHz 65nm 360 will be launched on October 1st, with another round of price cuts coming on October 22nd. We will also be seeing Pentium 4 5xx in the sub $100 price range, and of course the 805D and it's 820D replacement to put pressure from above.

Next the mobile.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=631837&starttim...

Merom will now launch July 23rd with Conroe, however availability will still be in August. I would hope that launching sooner means that availability will be better or sooner as well though. Launch models and pricing are as previously announced.

A second wave of mobile parts will arrive on September the 3rd. A 1.83GHz Yonah L2500 will arrive on top of the current 1.66GHz L2400 causing a price cascade. A 1.06GHz dual core Yonah U2400 will also arrive underneath the current 1.2GHz dual core Yonah U2500.

In order to counter Socket S1 Mobile Semprons, 2 new Yonah Celeron Ms will arrive on September 3rd. These are single core 2GHz 1MB 533MHz FSB 450 and the 1.86GHz 1MB 440. This will also cause a price cascade.

There is also some more information on Santa Rosa:

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=631838&starttim...

Basically, Robson and WWAN are confirmed non-compulsory elements. Integrated graphics performance is supposed to increase 50%, which combined with the faster processors Santa Rosa brings should help the low-end out. My concern is the power specs they quote which shows Santa Rosa much higher than Napa in both the Northbridge and the Southbridge.

Hopefully, everyone will find something of interest if they had the time to read all that.
July 16, 2006 12:49:52 PM

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Intel has released a slew of announcements that cover almost every product category. (Only Xeon DP, which is already launched, and Itanium, coming Q3, are not touched.) This is from the trusty website HKEPC, kind of a reliable Inquirer.

We'll work from the top. First up Xeon MPs.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=632194&starttim...

Tulsa is set to launch August 27th. Highest product at launch will be the 7140M, a 3.4GHz part with 16MB of shared L3 cache, a 800MHz FSB, and a 150W TDP. It'll be priced at $3157. M varieties will have a 800MHz FSB for the updated Truland platform, and N varieties will have a 667MHz FSB and be compatible with older 667MHz Truland platforms. Given the prices, it's nice to know that Intel occasionally cares about upgrade paths.

Next, Xeon SP.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=631842&starttim...

You will no longer be able to use consumer desktop parts like Presler and Cedar Mill and Conroe for single processor workstations. Intel has decided to make life complicated and will release a specific Xeon 3000 line for single processor setups. These will be basically Conroes with the same cache (the text is wrong about all 2MB, check the picture charts), the same clock speeds, the same socket, and the same price. Intel's only doing this to make life difficult. Xeon 3000s will launch in September.

Next low-end Conroes.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=632107&starttim...

Updated price charts of all Conroes and Pentium Ds are provided here along with the timeline of their availability. The announcement is that the X2 3600+ 256k part is slower than the 945D, comparable to the 1.6GHz E4200, and faster than the 915D and 925D. As such, Intel will be cancelling the 1.6GHz 800MHz FSB E4200 and replacing it a 1.8GHz 800MHz FSB E4300. This part should outperform the X2 3600+ while priced about the same. However, the E4300 won't be launched until Q1 2007 so things can change in that time.

In the meantime, the launch of the 3GHz 925D has also been moved up to October 1 to replace the 915D in order to put on pressure from below. The 945D already puts pressure on from above by being faster and priced slightly higher than the X2 3600+. In October 22, the 805D will be replaced by the 820D at $93.

Now Celeron D.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=632181&starttim...

In order to counter the new dual channel AM2 Semprons, Intel will be dropping Celeron D prices when Conroe launches on July 23rd. A new 3.46GHz 65nm 360 will be launched on October 1st, with another round of price cuts coming on October 22nd. We will also be seeing Pentium 4 5xx in the sub $100 price range, and of course the 805D and it's 820D replacement to put pressure from above.

Next the mobile.

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=631837&starttim...

Merom will now launch July 23rd with Conroe, however availability will still be in August. I would hope that launching sooner means that availability will be better or sooner as well though. Launch models and pricing are as previously announced.

A second wave of mobile parts will arrive on September the 3rd. A 1.83GHz Yonah L2500 will arrive on top of the current 1.66GHz L2400 causing a price cascade. A 1.06GHz dual core Yonah U2400 will also arrive underneath the current 1.2GHz dual core Yonah U2500.

In order to counter Socket S1 Mobile Semprons, 2 new Yonah Celeron Ms will arrive on September 3rd. These are single core 2GHz 1MB 533MHz FSB 450 and the 1.86GHz 1MB 440. This will also cause a price cascade.

There is also some more information on Santa Rosa:

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=631838&starttim...

Basically, Robson and WWAN are confirmed non-compulsory elements. Integrated graphics performance is supposed to increase 50%, which combined with the faster processors Santa Rosa brings should help the low-end out. My concern is the power specs they quote which shows Santa Rosa much higher than Napa in both the Northbridge and the Southbridge.

Hopefully, everyone will find something of interest if they had the time to read all that.


Cool thanks for the heads up.
July 16, 2006 1:20:07 PM

Thnx for info, im waiting to see benches of Merom before i buy a new laptop. Hope Apple make the transition fast since im after a MacBook
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July 16, 2006 1:42:52 PM

Nice find!!! Interesting 8)
July 18, 2006 5:09:50 AM

Someone PLEASE forward this to that Totter jackass. He was claiming Woodcrest 2P Xeon's were priced at $500. Clearly, they are not.
July 18, 2006 5:39:58 AM

Conroe 2P Xeons selling for same pricing as desktop Conroes!!!
Wow, would these work in Conroe motherboards also?
Regardless, the answer to 4x4 seems to be a dual processor dual core Xeon on a workstation class motherboard.
July 18, 2006 5:44:08 AM

Servers are 771 so no.
July 18, 2006 11:37:24 AM

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Someone PLEASE forward this to that Totter jackass. He was claiming Woodcrest 2P Xeon's were priced at $500. Clearly, they are not.
The pricings listed here are for Xeon MP (4P+) and UP (1). 2P Xeons are simply called Xeon and pricing for the 5110 to 51160 range from $230 to $850. $470 gets you the 5140 @ 2.33.
July 19, 2006 5:14:29 PM

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Thanks for the data. Does anybody have insight into the Conroe-L referenced in the 2Q07 Transition Guidance PP? Is this the 45nm shrink?
That's too early for 45nm, it refers to single core CPUs I believe, the new Celerons so to speak. Although, if the rumours about dual core Semprons is true, these could even be scrapped!
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