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Old May 21, 2008, 10:57 AM
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Default Intel to Launch Q9650 in Q3 to Replace QX9650

According to Chinese hardware site HKEPC, Intel will be discontinuing the current high-end QX9650 Extreme processor in Q3, with an identically-specced mid-range offering, appropriately named, Q9650. The new CPU will be identical all-around to the QX9650, including the 3.0GHz clock speed, 12MB cache and 1333MHz FSB, but will retail for $530USD... half of the current Extreme processor.
Also noted is that the E8600 will show face around the same time, but we knew that already. It's a Dual-Core offering at 3.33GHz and will retail for $224. In addition to these launches, the Q9550 is to decrease to $316, while the Q9400 will see a new $266 price tag. Probably not-so-surprisingly, the Q9300 and Q6700 will fade out at this time.
The interesting thing is that while the QX9650 will essentially become the Q9650, there will be no "high-end" offering available, except for the ultra-high-end QX9770, which currently retails for around $1,500. I don't think many in their right mind would pay a $1,000 premium at that time for a 200MHz boost, so we have to wonder if Intel has something else up their sleeve. But given that Nehalem will be right around the corner at that time, the next Extreme edition we see may very well be one based on the new architecture.

Core 2 Quad when Q9650 core the arteries are 3GHz, supports 1333MHz FSB, to construct 12MB L2 Cache (6MB x 2), highest TDP is 95W. Will lie in the frequency multiplication with the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 distinction to lock, has limited its ultra frequency ability. The selling price aspect, Core 2 Quad Q9650 every thousand unit prices are $530 US dollars, compares Core 2 Quad QX9650 every thousand unit prices to reach as high as $999 US dollars amiable.
Source: HKEPC (Translated to English)
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Old May 25, 2008, 11:20 PM
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if thats true, i'm going to be angry.
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Old May 26, 2008, 02:30 AM
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I'm just happy about the price slide of the whole series,
you'll be able to get the 9550 for the price of what a 9450 is now, and so on.
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I'm 99.9% sure this will NOT have an unlocked multi a la QX-series.
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Old May 26, 2008, 07:22 AM
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I wouldn't expect an unlocked multi either. But a 9x multi isn't going to be too much of a handicap, really. There's quite a bit of online evidence that these chips begin to hit architectural limitations around the 4 GHz mark under more conventional cooling, which is achievable with a 9x multi and a good motherboard.

Hopefully, this is a sign of Intel's confidence that Nehalem is on-track for delivery soon. Although that might be grasping at straws.
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Hi,

Well we are now into Q3 any news of an actual ship date on this part???

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Unlocked multipliers are overrated anyway, they're only useful if you bench with dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
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Well it's always good to hear about price drops. I would say this has a lot to do with Nehalem coming, and I don't think we have anything to worry about. It's probably just Intel showing off their dominance over AMD right now.
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Sounds like nVidia and Intel have simliar marketing approach working for them buy a cpu or video card for $800 or $1000 only to find out that 6 months later that the same product rebadged is now 50-60% cheaper then the one you bought.
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Well...sorry phobes but it is true. I have 15 in Vancouver stock, waiting for a official release day. Price is Damn good.
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