Many of us have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Intel's upcoming "Penryn" family of Core 2 series processors since they were first brought to light many months ago, as these new 45nm parts promise to bring several advantages over the current crop of Conroe models such as better thermal management properties, better scaling (overclockers paradise), faster cache and more of it; better everything really!
Well folks, the day has finally come where we see Intel officially release their first of the new Penryn family, the mighty quad-core "Yorkfield" based Core 2 Extreme QX9650.
This processor comes stock clocked at 3GHz on a 1333MHz system bus and sports 2x6MB of L2 cache. With the curtain lifted on this new top dog there's quite a bit of coverage on it floating around the web already. You can check it all out via the below links :-
It seems like Intel started talking about the Penryn core as soon as the Conroe core launched in the form of the first Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. Penryn was to be the next evolution in Intel's Core microarchitecture and would be the foundation of a new class of mobile, desktop, and server processor built using the company's advanced 45nm manufacturing process.
Penryn wouldn't be a straight die-shrink of Conroe, however. With Penryn, Intel planned to introduce new SSE4 instructions, increase the amount of L2 cache per core, reduce power consumption, and generally enhance overall performance, clock for clock. All things that sound good to a PC enthusiast.