As the arrival of next-gen Core i7 processors looms—keep your eyes peeled on November 17, our sources say—TG Daily reports that Intel has opted to phase out ten desktop and mobile processors. Three of the doomed CPUs feature the still-latest-and-greatest 45nm Penryn core.
Intel will stop taking orders for the Core 2 Quad Q9450, Core 2 Duo E8200, and Core 2 Duo E8190 (yeah, we didn't know about that one either) on January 9 next year. These 45nm processors haven't been around very long, but Intel has already supplanted them with faster offerings at the same price points. For example, the 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad Q9550 now sells for roughly the same price as the old Q9450, and you can buy a Core 2 Quad Q9400 with the same 2.66GHz clock speed and less cache for $270.
TG Daily says January 9 is also the deadline for orders of 65nm Core 2 Duo E6850, E6750, E6550, E6540, E4600 chips on the desktop, plus Core 2 Duo T7400 and Celeron-M 530 CPUs in Intel's mobile catalog. Newer and faster 45nm CPUs have replaced most of these, as far as we can tell. Finally, Intel also plans to stop taking orders for all 1GB Turbo Memory modules on March 27. (When coupled with Windows Vista, Turbo Memory flash modules can shorten load times and enhance battery life in laptops.)
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