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Intel Core i7 940 & 965 Extreme being phased out?

Intel Core i7 940 & 965 Extreme being phased out?

Intel are reportedly preparing to phase-out two of their three Core i7 processors, despite having only launched the CPUs around six months ago.  Hardware partners have been notified that the Intel 2.93GHz Core i7-940 and Core i7-965 Extreme will only accept orders for the two chips up until September 4th 2009, with the final batch shipping on May 7th 2010.  The move has led some to suggest that Intel launched the three consumer Nehalem processors so as to keep to their much-publicized timetable, and never intended them to be long-term products.

ASUS P6T Deluxe Core i7 motherboard reviewed: blandly delivers

ASUS P6T Deluxe Core i7 motherboard reviewed: blandly delivers

Intel are gearing up to launch their new Core i7 processor, formerly known as 'Nehalem', and so manufacturers are starting to put out compatible motherboards.  Register Hardware have had the ASUS P6T Deluxe on the test bench, complete with six DDR3 RAM slots, 16+2-phase power design, three PCI Express 2.0 slots and onboard Crossfire and SLI.  However, because the Core i7 isn't actually officially released yet, they can't tell us exact processor performance figures.

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Intel Nehalem next-gen CPU previewed: 20-50% boost over Penryn

Intel Nehalem next-gen CPU previewed: 20-50% boost over Penryn

As images go I realise this isn't the most inspiring, but if you could scrape off the grey gunk - and you're at all interested in the state of play in the silicon market - you'd get a pleasant surprise.  AnandTech have managed, somehow, to get their hands on two of Intel's Nehalem processors, the next-gen CPU not expected to hit the market until late in 2008.  Based on the 45nm manufacturing process already seen in the Penryn chips, part of Nehalem's appeal is the potential for up to eight cores and up to sixteen simultaneous threads.  While the test rig AnandTech were using didn't exactly turn out to be the most reliable, it was enough to run some benchmarks on the 2.66GHz Nehalem chip.

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