Woodcrest now due June 19?

— 2:21 AM on May 16, 2006

China's HKEPC claims to have siphoned more confidential information (translation here) from a Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer, this time about Intel's Woodcrest—the server and workstation version of Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo. Previous rumors suggested that Woodcrest would be introduced on June 26, but HKEPC's source says Intel has instead settled on a June 19 launch date for the new processors. Additionally, while Intel dumped the Pentium name in favor of Core 2 Duo for its upcoming Core-based desktop and mobile chips, HKEPC says the company will conserve the Xeon name with Woodcrest. Instead of a brand change, the site says, a slight variation in model numbers will differentiate the architecture switch: Woodcrest Xeons will allegedly bear model numbers starting with 51xx, whereas existing "Dempsey" Netburst-based Xeons begin with 50xx.

According to HKEPC, Intel will launch six "Woodcrest" Xeons on June 19 with model numbers ranging from 5110 to 5160 in increments of 10. The chips will reportedly run at 1.6 GHz, 1.86 GHz, 2.0 GHz, 2.33 GHz, 2.66 GHz, and 3.0 GHz with 4 MB of L2 cache across the board, as well as front side bus speeds of 1,066 MHz for the 1.6 and 1.86 GHz models and 1,333 MHz for the rest. Prices are quoted at $209, $256, $316, $455, $690, and $851 for the 5110 through the 5160. Intel is also expected to complement the launch with a low-voltage Xeon LV 5148, which will reportedly run at 2.33 GHz with 4MB of cache and a 1333 MHz FSB. This chip is said to feature a 40 W TDP instead of Woodcrest's standard 80 W thermal spec, and is expected to sell for $519.

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