|Fudzilla reports that Intel is all set to launch a new Core 2 Quad product based on the now aging Yorkfield. |
The CPU to be launched is a Core 2 Quad Q9500, which is clocked at 2.83 Ghz, very much like it's siblings Q9500 and Q9505. The difference between the CPUs is that Q9550 features a full 12MB L2 cache, whereas both Q9505 and Q9500 contain 6MB L2 cache. The difference between the Q9500 and the Q9505 is that Q9505 supports some extra features such as Intel VT. All the Q95** CPUs have a TDP of 95W, and fit in the ancient LGA 775 socket.
This is a rather unexpected new launch amidst all the Lynnfield Core i7/i5 excitement. One wonders if there was any requirement for such a CPU, and indeed, which product will it be competing against? Performance-wise, it will fall somewhere between the Phenom II X4 945 and the 955BE - and this is quite a narrow performance gap to appeal to customers.
The CPUs Intel have no competition to happen to be the upcoming Athlon II quad cores which will sell for less than most of Intel's dual cores. If there was a Core 2 Quad release, one must have surely expected a crippled quad core - like the rumoured Q7500.
Would Intel just get it over with and support VT acorss its mainstream board already! I mean, come on. Every single AMD processor starting with the AM2 except for the Sempron supports VT but yet, for Intel it's like pulling teeth. You'd expect that any new processor over 80 dollars would support VT by now.
Iron Sharpens Iron.