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Rumor: Intel Readies Quad-Core Laptop CPU

Rumor: Intel Readies Quad-Core Laptop CPU

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.

Intel has had quad-core CPUs on their road map for some time now, but the details have been very hard to come by until recently.  Rumor has it that the high end part, the QX9300 will cost over $1000 and will feature a faster FSB to go with it's increased TDP:

“The Core 2 Extreme QX9300 will be manufactured at 45nm and have a core frequency of 2.53GHz. The CPU will come in a socket P package and support FSB speeds up to 1066MHz. The chip will include 12MB L2 cache and have a maximum TDP of 45W.”

The CPU should be available in the third quarter, just in time for the holidays.
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 I wouldn't doubt it....With the push to 45nm, power draw and heat output have dropped. So it should give them the option if they handle the heat issue effectively...It would definitely be nice to have....Honestly, I'm amazed at how well laptops have progressed. Imagine running these with a 8800M GTX, and 2 or 4 gigs of ram...Talk about a beast of a gaming laptop..sheesh =P.

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 would make a nice gaming laptop but how many games right nowcan use all four cores

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Supreme Commander especially benefits from 4 cores.  Other games are beginning to as well.  And other than gaming, this will create the ultimate portable workstation or rendering monster.  Put I suspect any Laptop with four cores will cost more than its worth.

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Obviously quad-cores havent quite made their debut in the mobile world because of the power draw and how it'd hurt battery life and increase heat output. It's cool to see that it may finally hit the market. BUT!! I think a true selling point for a laptop would be if they engineering an ability to shut a core or two or three when they are not required....Sort of like speedstep/cool'n'quiet .... what do ya think?

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ice91785:
I think a true selling point for a laptop would be if they engineering an ability to shut a core or two or three when they are not required....Sort of like speedstep/cool'n'quiet .... what do ya think?
 

 Yes, I agree completely, not only for laptop processors but for all. It could be called Core Deactivation Technology or CDT for short. Processing power on demand would certainly be far more energy efficient. I know in Intel's next line of processors the cores have the ability to function independently, but I'm not sure if they can selectively run off of just 1-4 or 1-8 core(s) depending on how much processing power is required. I am sure this is forthcoming and of course will filter down from desktop processors to laptop ones. It seems like most of the improvements in processors have been derived from reducing power consumption and size, while improving speed and efficiency. This would be a logical next step.

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I have a sweet Core 2 duo toshiba gaming laptop coming, dual sata hard drives, two 8600gt running in SLI, 4 gigs ram, Vista Ultimate 64, quad speakers.  Pretty much most of the bells and whistles.  Unfortunatly I have to return it to Toshiba after I review it.  Buggers.  It'd hurt worse if it had a couple of 9600 gts running in it.

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