Kentsfield coming in just two months?

— 9:20 AM on September 6, 2006

The official release time frame for Intel's quad-core "Kentsfield" processor was recently pulled forward from the first quarter of 2007 to the fourth quarter of this year, but the folks at eWeek have gotten hold of some more precise information. Sources close to Intel's quad-core plans have told the site that Kentsfield will hit store shelves in early November, just two months from now. Intel will reportedly reveal more official details during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on September 26-28.

Based on previous reports from HKEPC, the first Kentsfield chip will be clocked at 2.66GHz with 8MB of total cache (4MB shared per dual-core die) and it will launch with the same $999 price tag as Intel's current Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor. Compatible motherboards may end up including some existing offerings based on the Intel P965 Express chipset, so users looking for an early taste of quad-core performance might not have to sink $250 into the latest and greatest 975X board out there.

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