Intel's consumer-friendly Nehalem chips arrive early?
Core i5, i7, P-55 hit Asia
Intel's long-awaited consumer-level Nehalem-based processors and motherboards are already available in Asia in "small volumes", ahead of their expected launch early next month.
That is, if a report by the Taiwanese market-watchers at DigiTimes is to be believed.
DigiTimes reports that unnamed "market sources" have told them that the socket-1156 processors - the Core i5-750, Core i7-860, and Core i7-870 - are available in "some retail channels in Taiwan and China," along with motherboards based on the new P-55 chipset.
The sources report that the chips are priced at about $207 for the Core i5-750, $303 for the Core i7-860, and $576 for the Core i7-870, and that that all three chips have an 8MB L3 Cache, a TDP of 95 watts, and support dual-channel DDR3 memory. Reg sources also report a variety of TDPs and other details of future i5s and i3s, set to appear in early 2010.
According DigiTimes, the new P-55-based motherboards are being produced by Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International. Asustek's range from $166 to $282, Gigabyte's from $158 to $270, and Micro-Star's from $152 to $243.
An Intel spokesperson declined to comment on the DigiTimes report, saying only that: "The industry is extremely excited about the Lynnfield platform but the products have not yet launched." The spokesperson added: "We don’t tend to comment on speculation-site articles." ®
I use a desktop every day at work oh and servers too...
Sorry we got no radiators here in the tropics the neareset coconut tree is used-)
Still using a desktop here. I don't really see desktops as that great for Joe User anymore. But having multiple large screens, a RAID-1 array to protect against hard disk failure, and being able to operate multiple VMs simultaneously are helpful features for some of us. Good luck finding a laptop under 5 grand and 5 kilos that'll do that for you.
My God, I never thought I'd see such a comment on the register... I just hope you were trying to be ironic. If not, and you do believe that laptops are as powerful as desktops, I can only assume your PC is used for nothing more than facebook stalking.
@Darren... if you chain her to the radiator, how's she going to do the dishes and get you a beer? It'd have to be a long chain.