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Intel Roadmap Leaked, Shows Core i3, i5 Info

We have a pretty decent, if rough, picture of what sort of CPUs Intel will be releasing next year. Intel keeps us in the loop architecturally, but often we're left speculating on specifics – at least until we get an updated roadmap in our hands.

Japanese site PC Watch has details on a roadmap leak that details low-powered "S" versions of the Core i5 750 and i7 860, which feature a thermal design power of 82W rather than the usual 95W. These chips will supposedly run all four cores at 2.4GHz for the i5 and 2.53GHz for the i7.

Roadmap also shows a dual-core Clarkdale-based Core i5 with Hyperthreading that'll launch at the faster clock speeds starting at 3.43GHz and ramping all the way to 3.73GHz.

The Core i3 will also supposedly be splashing onto the market with the i3 530 and 540, with the former running at 2.93GHz and the latter at 3.06GHz. Both will have Hyperthreading to create four logical cores, but it'll be doing so without the Turbo Boost features of the rest of the Westmere family.

Interestingly enough, the Pentium name will live on once again, which will be based off Clarkdale with dual cores without Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost. It'll also have less L3 cache at 3MB.

Check out the pictorial roadmap charts at this translated article.

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  • sunflier
    Roadmap also shows a dual-core Clarkdale-based Core i5 with Hyperthreading that'll launch at the faster clock speeds starting at 3.43GHz, play Crysis and ramping all the way to 3.73GHz.
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  • rags_20
    The higher clock speeds with 4 logical cores ought to be good for gaming. Can probably get it to 4.5 on water. Pair it with 5870 CF and you're good to go.
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  • pbrigido
    I am looking forward to seeing some benchmarks for the 3.73GHz i5.
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  • jerreece
    I'm interested to see how this Clarkdale i5 dual-core with HT will compare with the current i5-750. Sounds like the i5-750 will be the only "i5" branded chip without Hyperthreading. Different base clocks, but the dual-core using the right applications would have 4 logical cores, versus the i5-750's 4 physical cores.

    Probably stand out most in synthetic benches that can use HT well.
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  • jerreece
    Japanese site PC Watch has details on a roadmap leak that details low-powered "S" versions of the Core i5 750 and i7 860, which feature a thermal design power of 82W rather than the usual 95W. These chips will supposedly run all four cores at 2.4GHz for the i5 and 2.53GHz for the i7.

    BTW: Is anyone else wishing Intel came out with a low power version without underclocking? Lowering TDP is great, if you can get the same or better performance. Kind of makes me wonder if they only reached the lower TDP simply because they are downclocked.
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  • JofaMang
    Interesting spread of products and features. Here's hoping the prices are low enough to push AMD into being more competative. Viva la competition!
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  • megabuster
    What's the point of upgrading to the latest and greatest anymore, when ALL games can run 60+ FPS on 4 year old platforms? Instead of killing PC Gaming, consoles are killing hardware innovation.
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  • burnley14
    The i3 530 looks like it will be an absolute steal. I can do without the Turbo mode, spend the extra cash on a better cooler, and reach 4GHz, all with a processor that costs barely over 100 bucks. Yes please.
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  • tayb
    It looks as if Intel knows it has an architectural advantage at the time being so they are focusing more on ramping up the speeds than improving on their architecture. This is the same sort of pattern we saw from Intel in the late 90's and early 00's that led to AMD grabbing the performance crown for 3-4 years because they focused on improved architecture while Intel focused on ramping up speeds. Might we be seeing history repeat itself in the next couple of years? Is Intel resting on its laurels thinking AMD doesn't have anything up its sleeve? I guess we'll find out.
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  • agnickolov
    Buried in the chart is also the fact we won't see value upgrade for Core i7 920 - Gulftown is going to be extreme edition only...
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