The folks over at TechConnect Magazine have gotten their hands on some model numbers, clock speeds, launch time frames, and most importantly pricing information for Intel's upcoming lineup of 45nm desktop processors. If the site has its facts straight, Intel will begin its 45nm desktop offensive in November with a $999 Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor. That chip will run at 3GHz, pack a total 12MB of L2 cache—6MB per dual-core die—and have a 130W power envelope.
Intel will reportedly follow with a set of seven additional 45nm desktop chips in January 2008. Three of those chips will be quad-core models, and the other four will be dual-core. In the quad-core camp, the upcoming Core 2 Quad Q9300 will run at 2.5GHz and carry a $266 price tag, while the Core 2 Quad Q9450 will run at 2.66GHz and cost $316, and the Q9550 model will run at 2.83GHz and cost $530. All three models will have the same 95W power rating, but the Q9550 and Q9450 will have 12MB of cache, whereas the Q9300 will have only 6MB.
TechConnect Magazine says the quad-core offerings will be joined on dual-core front by Core 2 Duo E8200, E8300, E8400, and E8500 processors clocked between 2.66GHz and 3.16GHz with price tags ranging from $163 to $266. All four 45nm dual-core chips will have 6MB of cache and a 65W power rating.