[VR-Zone Hardware] - Pentium Announcements
The Pentium 4 600 series, and the Pentium 4 3.73EE was announced today. Along with their support for EM64T, Intel's 64-bit extensions, these new CPU's also include SpeedStep power saving technology, upgraded security features through Executable Disabled Bit, 2MB of L2 cache. The 660 runs at 3.6GHz, 640 at 3.4GHz and 630 at 3.0GHz.
Intel is gearing up for the launch of their first dual-core Smithfield processors in the second quarter with three models in place; 2.8, 3.0 and 3.2Ghz. They will be available at US$241, US$316 and US\$530 with model numbers 820, 830 and 840, respectively. The Extreme Edition of Smithfield will include Hyper-Threading Technology providing the ability to process four software threads simultaneously and probably a faster 1066Mhz FSB while the mainstream version of dual core Smithfield will have 800Mhz FSB but without HT. Two new chipsets, the 955X Express codenamed Glenwood and 945G/P Express codenamed Lakeport will be available when the new chips arrive.
The performance reviews show that they are roughly comparable to the AMD Athlon 64 4000+, so it looks like Intel is catching up. It will be interesting to see how Smithfield does. It is coming out very soon. The cores continue to run very hot, but at least going from 1MB to 2MB L2 cache didn't cause even more power consumption.