Intel preps 45nm Xeons for November

Word on the street is that September 10 will be the day AMD rolls out its first 65nm quad-core “Barcelona” Opterons. These processors will naturally have to prove themselves against Intel’s 65nm quad-core Xeons, but if a new report by DailyTech is correct, they’ll also be facing competition from 45nm Xeons within just over two months of their release.

DailyTech says Intel is cooking up seven quad-core 45nm “Harpertown” Xeons for a launch on November 11. The chips will have 2GHz, 2.33GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.83GHz, 3GHz, and 3.16GHz clock speeds, and they’ll all pack 12MB of L2 cache. All chips except the 3.16GHz model will have thermal ratings of 80W, too. Prices will range from $209 for the 2GHz model to $1,172 for the 3.16GHz one. For reference, the Barcelona pricing information that leaked yesterday suggests the 2GHz quad-core Opteron will cost $390 when it launches next month.

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