The current launch date of the Intel Prescott CPU is on December the 3rd :
Intel always said that Prescott will come in Q4 and December is the time when it will have enough samples to send to the press and of course to its loyal and first always customer Dell. The company will have some units in retail and some Prescott machines will be for sale for Xmas shopping just to give you the feeling that the CPU is there.
IDF reports confirmed our magical number of 103 W consumption and we reckon that the primary focus of the Intel team is to make it less hot or otherwise to buy some company that would produce water cooling for it.
Prescott will be born at 3.2 and 3.4 GHz and still there are no news about its. The current plan is to expand its availability in Q1 so you can easily say that Prescott is 2004 more then a 2003 phenomenon.
To parrot, we repeat that this CPU will be priced at $417 for 3.2 GHz and $637 for 3.4 GHz version featuring 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB cache, and the Prescott New Instructions (PNI), 90nm marchitecture.
In Q1 2004 Intel will introduce 3.6, 3.0 and 2.8 GHz Prescott parts so Prescott will go cheap then as well.