Pentium 4 Extreme Edition coming within 30-60 days!

Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2003 @ 6:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Some more information about the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition! Intel has confirmed that this CPU will have an additional 2MB of L3 cache. That is the only difference with the Pentium 4 3.2C. The Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE still has a Socket478, Hyper-Threading and a Northwood core.

The Extreme Edition will be produced at the .13µ process but will move on to a 90nm process later. It should be avaible within 30-60 days, but unfortunately it will be only avaible in tray form for OEMs in the beginning:

Alfs said the P4 HT EE would not be a mainstream part. Since it would be Intel’s highest performing Pentium4 offering it would attract gamers and users demanding top performance. He said it would be "a little more expensive" than the regular P4 and would be available from OEMs in November.

The chip will be produced using .13µ technology but will later move to a 90 nanometer process. The chip will initially be available in tray form for systems and will not come boxed at this time.

X-bit Labs has wrote something about the pricing of this new CPU. It is also worth mentioning that the 2MB L3 cache is the total cache volume :
Here I would like to say that adding the 2MB L3 cache will make the total data volume, which can be stored in the caches of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, equal to only 2GB. The thing is that Pentium 4 caches are based on inclusive architecture (unlike the caches of AMD Athlon CPUs), that is why the data from the L2 cache of the Pentium 4 processor will be duplicated in the L3 cache.

Another interesting issue worth mentioning is the price of the “new” Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. For example, today Xeon MP 2.8GHz with 2MB cache costs $3692. I don’t think that this is an acceptable price for gamers and hardware enthusiasts, for whom this product is actually targeted. Xeon DP 3.2GHz with an MB cache, which is due on October 5, 2003, will cost $851. this is also quite a big sum of money, although this is much better already. In general, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition should be priced like Athlon 64 FX-51, that is why it will probably cost around $700.

Update : AnandTech also has some information about this CPU. According to them it will be avaible for $740 in quantities of 1000. A boxed version can be expected in the beginning of next year.
We are hearing that the processor will be priced around $740 in 1,000 unit quantities. You can expect systems based on the Extreme Edition processor to be due out in November, but Intel won't be following up with boxed CPUs until the beginning of next year. You will probably see some OEM CPUs for sale in the next 30 days or so.
Source : The Inquirer ,X-bit Labs and AnandTech

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