Intel confirms January 7 launch for Clarkdale, Arrandale

Well, it’s official: Intel will launch its first 32-nm processors for desktops and laptops on January 7, the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show. Intel made the schedule official in a teaser announcement last night, saying the unveiling will take place at 7:30 AM in its CES booth in Las Vegas.

As a further teaser, the chipmaker has released high-resolution photos of the upcoming processors. You’ll find them in the image gallery below; the Clarkdale shot has a red background, while the other photo depicts Arrandale. Both CPUs are based on the same Westmere design, which includes one 32-nm die with two microprocessor cores (that’s the small one) and another 45-nm die with the memory controller and integrated graphics processor. Clarkdale should end up in those new H55 and H57 motherboards we’ve been seeing, while Arrandale will take its position in the mobile world.

Intel let slip some details about the naming scheme and product segmentation in a CES preview presentation (PDF), as well. The slides say Core i3 offerings will lack Turbo Boost, the feature that lets existing Nehalem CPUs push individual cores above the base clock speed depending on load. Only Core i5 and i7 processors can perform that feat right now, and it’s apparently going to stay that way.

Intel is still keeping a tight lid on specs and pricing, of course. However, a good number of details have leaked out in recent weeks, thanks in no small part to overeager Canadian and European e-tailers.

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    • tygrus
    • 10 years ago

    AMD like many others thought of integrating the GPU into the CPU like system on a chip many years ago. AMD lacked R&D or the drive to make it happen before Intel. Have to wait longer for an integrated chip that can actually play 3D games and 2x fps with crossfire.

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    These are Intel’s “lower mainstream” and “value” chips; we should probably think of them as primarily OEM-oriented processors aimed at displacing all but the lowest-end or lowest-power Core 2s from the inventories of the big vendors. Ultimately Arrandale probably is more interesting than Clarkdale because it simplifies the design job for the ODMs who are trying to cram hot chips into a tight mobile chassis without a roaring-loud fan. And IGP graphics is perfectly adequate for the majority of sane/non-TR folks who don’t expect their lightweight or value-class notebook to run the very latest games with high frame rates at high resolutions.

    Anyone who wants a dual core with better IGP (and potentially better bang/buck) will go AMD; anyone who wants more than a dual core or more than integrated graphics will be looking at the low-end Lynnfields. But for the OEMs aiming at the basic business and soho markets — who can point to four threads (even if two of them are SMT) and things like built-in HDMI as selling points while cutting costs with simpler internals — will eat them up.

      • sledgehammer
      • 10 years ago

      . ”And IGP graphics is perfectly adequate for the majority of sane/non-TR folks ”

      are you saying that tech report commentators are not sane?

      i propose that this moron be banned.

      §[<http://www.kultofathena.com/images/YK0413.jpg<]§

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Partial quote taken out of context ftl, the rest of the sentence is q[<...who don't expect their lightweight or value-class notebook to run the very latest games with high frame rates at high resolutions<]q which is quite sane unlike all the 'gimme NV superIGP in a $400 CULV lightweight notebook.'

        • wibeasley
        • 10 years ago

        If there was a showdown between UG and snakeoil/sledgehammer, how many TR readers would vote to ban UG?

        • DrDillyBar
        • 10 years ago

        Implying we’d buy it for family.

    • thermistor
    • 10 years ago

    As long as I can get a CPU and a GPU from whomever I want, I’ll continue to be brand agnostic.

    Every computer in my house but 1 has discrete GFX; the spousal unit PC is perfectly adequate running the Intel GMA X3000 – I’ve never caught her ever trying to run Crysis, but movies on Netflix look great. She’s happy and so am I.

    What’s wrong with Intel satisfying 90%+ of the market with this new product?

      • stmok
      • 10 years ago

      l[

      • shank15217
      • 10 years ago

      How did you get to the 90%+ number? Intel’s GMA slows down gfx software development for mass consumption. Whats the point in introducing such powerful processors, when the gfx subsystem cant even play most modern games?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Because there are lots and lots of people who don’t play games, not to mention businesses. It’s not 90% though, iirc Intel has around 50%+ of the ‘GPU’ market. It’s funny you mention games advancing though, PC games were advancing very well graphically until less than a few years ago so I’d say that integrated graphics power has little to do with it. Hmm, what shall we blame…

        I’ll tell you why I look forward to integrated graphics on the CPU (I don’t care whether it’s from Intel or AMD): because it could lead to more logical power efficiency. As good as modern GPUs are at idle you can’t get lower than 0, switchable graphics in desktops like we have on laptops would be great.

    • Althernai
    • 10 years ago

    If they would have released this literally two weeks earlier (i.e. before Christmas), I would have used it for the computer I’m currently assembling. Oh well, I guess there’s always something new just around the corner.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      But then how would they sell all the Core 2s off? :p

        • smilingcrow
        • 10 years ago

        That’s of absolutely no relevance as the vast majority of consumers don’t even know the difference between a Q6600 and an i7 920. I doubt Intel makes decisions based on such fripperies.

    • sledgehammer
    • 10 years ago

    intel spent 3 billions on the infamous larrabee.

    where did this money go?

    here is the explanation from intel finland.

    you have to see this video, the intel’s employees trust their lives blindly to intel, would you do this?… to intel people are just cannon fodder.

    intel’s ultimate weapon
    §[<http://www.intel.com/en_UK/CannonBells/index.htm?iid=cannonbells_SOT_UK<]§ whats wrong with intel?

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      So, what do you do in your down time? What kind of books do you like to read? Play any games?

        • sledgehammer
        • 10 years ago

        so you would risk your life for intel, risking getting quadriplegic so you boss is happy?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          Seems like the guy came up with the idea on his own and wanted to do it, assuming the video is real. I don’t know why you’re so upset it seems like if something went wrong there might be more brain damaged people with which you would have something in common.

          • pixel_junkie
          • 10 years ago

          Sledgehammer, you’re about as sharp as a sack of wet mice. Ever heard of CG? Snapperhead…

            • sledgehammer
            • 10 years ago

            no, this is real, and i think they did it under threat of getting fired.
            (i mean losing their jobs).
            intel actually enjoys shooting people from cannons.
            its like foxconn and apple, they like to throw employees from high buildings.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Well forgive me for dismissing your unfounded opinion but given your other rediculous statements I’ll have to do just that.

            • ironoutsider
            • 10 years ago

            Yeah, this is totally fake. Human bodies shot at that speed, smashing into cold steel… Probably kill you.

            • sledgehammer
            • 10 years ago

            everybody knows that but intel’s fanboys and employees are not very reasonable.

            • StashTheVampede
            • 10 years ago

            apparently neither are amd’s fanboy’s.

            • sledgehammer
            • 10 years ago

            well, amd dont’ shoot people from cannons

            • smilingcrow
            • 10 years ago

            “well, AMD don’t’ shoot people from cannons”

            In reality they currently don’t but on their recent roadmap they have listed the ‘best human canon shooter bar none’ as being available in 20xx where xx equates to too fucking late for anyone to give a shit unless it costs 99c.

            • ClickClick5
            • 10 years ago

            AMD does not have the funding.

            Or crazy foreigners.

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            Complete fake. Intel wouldn’t hire Finns.

            • pixel_junkie
            • 10 years ago

            Ok, you’ve officially earned your “Muppet of the month” award. Next you’ll be telling us that Avatar is actually a documentary.

            • sledgehammer
            • 10 years ago

            hey this is posted in the official intel website.

            §[<http://www.intel.com<]§ if you don't trust intel, don't blame me.

            • Meadows
            • 10 years ago

            We trust intel, it’s just that you’re dumb.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Hey dumbass, try clicking the ‘Disclaimer’ link at the bottom of the first page you posted ( §[<http://www.intel.com/en_UK/CannonBells/index.htm?iid=cannonbells_SOT_UK<]§ if anyone missed it.)

            • blackirishlad
            • 10 years ago

            I thought it was a documentary, on how to spend too much money on a movie with an average storyline.

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      You’re advertising intel effectively, but your spelling is still crap.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      I’m going to buy my next CPU from that company, they seem to have fun.

        • sledgehammer
        • 10 years ago

        yes and intel will stuff you inside the cannon and shoot you against the chimes. ding, dang, ding.

    • marvelous
    • 10 years ago

    There are previews out for clarkdale. It’s dual core. Performs faster than the fastest core 2 duo or slowest quad core based on core 2.

    §[<http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3648&p=7<]§

      • sledgehammer
      • 10 years ago

      anand shimpi= intel’s payroll

        • SecretMaster
        • 10 years ago

        Sledgehammer = AMD’s payroll…

          • sledgehammer
          • 10 years ago

          actually im freelance

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            Then you’ll lose your business when AMD goes under.

            • shank15217
            • 10 years ago

            Right, thats why their stock is at a 52 week high.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            There are lots of stocks near their 52 week high.

            • dashbarron
            • 10 years ago

            What’s the assumed performance increase over the Core i’s?

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            It’ll be a decrease – not an increase – since these are dual-core, and previous core i’s are quad-core… Single-thread applications are exceptions, of course, due to Clarkdale’s higher clock speed.

            • Krogoth
            • 10 years ago

            Clarkdale should be similar performance to Lynnfield at single-threaded and dual-threaded stuff. They both share the same CPU architecture. Once you go beyond two threads. Lynnfield’s extra cores give it the edge.

    • sledgehammer
    • 10 years ago

    let me see if am getting this right.

    this crappy cpu-gma combo wont work in a lynnfield board?

    even if they use the same socket?

    so happy intel users will throw lynnfield boards to the garbage and get a new one.

    anyway the price must be around 50 dollars, if it costs more that would be outrageous.

    whats wrong with intel?

      • Firestarter
      • 10 years ago

      Putting the GPU in the socket is quite a departure from current systems. I would be very surprised if it did work.

        • mesyn191
        • 10 years ago

        True, they could’ve used a bit more foresight and designed current sockets to support it from the get go though. Personally I’m getting flashbacks to socket 423 all over again.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        I was going to reply to him but that’s feeding the troll. So I’ll reply to you instead 😀 The Lynnfield CPUs and the Clark/Arran-dales occupy different markets. The lowest Lynnfield is 4c/4t with most being 4c/8t while the highest ‘dale is 2c/4t iirc. Therefore I don’t see a problem – any person who already has a Lynnfield isn’t going to go out of their way to replace that system with a slower one.

        • Krogoth
        • 10 years ago

        It has been done before.

        MediaGX called.

          • yuhong
          • 10 years ago

          q[

        • NeelyCam
        • 10 years ago

        As far as I know, Clarkdale should work with a Lynnfield (P55) motherboards, but the graphics chip would be disabled – P55 requires a PCIe GFX card.

        Then again, why would you replace a quad-core with a dual-core…?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          I guess if you’re sledgehammer (the troll formerly known as sankeoil) and you’ve got brain damage such a processor swap makes sense. Or it’s just fun to say it to try to make a rediculous point based upon an irrational downgrade.

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      It is not a big deal.

      Lynnfield = successor of Core 2 Quads (Yorkfield).

      Clarkdale = successor of Core 2 Duos (Wolfdale)

      Arrandale = successor of Pentium branded Core 2s.(Alandale/Wolfdale 2MB)

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Almost, Arrandale is the mobile version of Clarkdale.

      • mczak
      • 10 years ago

      It should work in the same boards, however with p55 and clarkdale (same story basically for the other “mismatched” combo, h55 and lynnfield) you don’t get any graphics. For quite obvious reasons, the former combo won’t have any display outputs (as they are handled inside the chipset (there’s some separate connection between socket and chipset for that)), while the latter will have display outputs but no graphic core…
      I don’t know if you could use the clarkdale igp as, say, a compute device if you use it in a p55 board – I’d guess not but technically it would probably work.
      btw afaik p55 and h55 aren’t really that different, but actually same die (though the h55/h57 are newer revision), they just have different functionality disabled.

      • spuppy
      • 10 years ago

      The new chips work perfectly fine in any 1156 board.

    • Fragnificent
    • 10 years ago

    Maybe I’m paranoid, but I’m guessing you’ll wanna be careful with putting too much thermal goo on that (Assuming no heatspreader). You wouldn’t want an air bubble between the two dies.

      • emorgoch
      • 10 years ago

      While I have no inside information, I would pretty much guarantee that there’s going to be a heat spreader on top. Intel always releases product shots without the heat spreader, so that you can actually see the real chip underneath. Even more important to do so now with 2 completely different die’s on board.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 10 years ago

        The desktop version will definitely have a heatspreader, the mobile version may not.

    • chunkymonster
    • 10 years ago

    My kids are now getting old enough to use a computer and was looking to build them a machine next spring/summer. Rather than an IGP chipset I’m gonna wait and see how Clarkdale performs as a basic web surfer/productivity/business computer.

      • mesyn191
      • 10 years ago

      Should be perfectly serviceable for those needs, unless Intel really screwed the pooch this time of course. Bang vs. buck is still a factor though, a “traditional” IGP/CPU set up could still work out to be potentially cheaper but just as effective.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 10 years ago

        I’ll bet you a cookie that Clarkdale’s graphics performance and capability are substantially inferior to the AMD 785 IGP.

          • SecretMaster
          • 10 years ago

          Will this be a fresh, home-baked cookie?

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 10 years ago

          They might almost match it, but the AMD 800 series boards will likely be substantially more powerful.

          Of course, current IGPs can all handle HD video as it is, so most people probably aren’t going to care. This is kind of a halfway point for integrated graphics. It will matter more come next generation when AMD moves them to the CPU and Intel possibly has a new graphics architecture, shifting them more towards the role of a “floating point core.”

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          That would be a silly bet since it’s already known that the IGP is a 4500HD and we know it can’t match the ‘gaming performance’ of other IGPs as weak as they all are in that regard in the grand scheme.

          • mesyn191
          • 10 years ago

          Isn’t it supposed to be superior?

          Anyways seems good, but I’ll believe it when I see it, particularly when it comes to stable/comprehensive drivers. Also you have to bear in mind AMD will be updating their IGP’s around the middle of the year, maybe earlier, we’ll have to see.

          • indeego
          • 10 years ago

          A good 50% or more of the comments are troll responses. Shamefulg{<.<}g

            • SomeOtherGeek
            • 10 years ago

            Yea, I wish they would stop feeling it. It is the worst thing to come before me. And it still keeps coming. You notice how much active it becomes when something good from Intel comes out. I wonder what Intel did to it.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 10 years ago

            My apologies. With more than a decade of Intel graphics hardware and drivers underperforming, failing to do what Intel claimed they could do, crashing applications and otherwise sucking, it’s a bit surprising that they should finally succeed.

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      You want it to run simple games, no better way to lead children to computer literacy. I know it, have done the same myself.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 10 years ago

      Should be great for non-gaming use (and for 2D/Flash games). Businesses are going to love these processors, especially the cheaper versions of them.

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 10 years ago

    Too bad it doesn’t have a 32nm 9600GT equivalent attached to one of the options….. 😛

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      We’re so very close to that being a possibility on the GPU side, but so very far away from it making sense on the bandwidth side. 🙁

        • ClickClick5
        • 10 years ago

        My ever wanting dream. A CPU and GPU built onto the same die, running at the CPU native speed.

        Imagine a 3.5 Ghz oct-core (native oct-core, none of this HT bs) running with a GPU as well at 3.5 Ghz…

        My nine year old dream is coming closer to reality. 🙂

    • KarateBob
    • 10 years ago

    Wow, an officially announced launch date for a CPU. This doesn’t happen very often.

      • NarwhaleAu
      • 10 years ago

      I see the Christmas spirit is alive and strong in you.

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