Intel demonstrated five working systems, borrowed from its own qualification labs, running 45 nm CPUs of different flavors, including a laptop. Another pair of systems represented typical desktop PCs, including a dual-core and a quad-core system. Two additional dual-socket, workstation-class systems were also on show, including a dual-socket system with two quad-core CPUs.
The systems demonstrated were all running at clock frequencies in the 2GHz range, but these don't represent shipping clock rates, which should be substantially higher at product launch. All the systems were running either Windows Vista or Windows Server 2003 and were running real applications. We even had a chance to sit down briefly at the quad-core desktop system and run through a little Rainbow Six: Las Vegas session. In the lab, Intel has been successfully running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Linux, and Mac OSX, and a number of qualification systems are running tests to ensure software compatibility and reliability at Intel's labs in Folsom, California.
What is most interesting, Intel thinks that their new 45nm CPUs will spank K8L:
Later, Intel CEO Paul Otellini arrived for a brief Q&A. When asked by a reporter about AMD's recent claims that their Barcelona quad-core CPU would outperform Intel's next-generation quad core, Otellini's response was, "I'm quite comfortable we'll maintain a performance lead."