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Intel To Release Three Bloomfield CPUs Late In Q4

According to the source, late in Q4'2008, Intel plans to release three quad-core Bloomfield processors based on the Nehalem architecture and intended for the Socket LGA1366.

While no official names are disclosed, only the codenames ("XE", "P1" and "MS3", respectively), the clock rates are already known to be 3.2 GHz, 2.93 GHz and 2.66 GHz. All three will have 130W TDP, 8MB L3 cache and SMT support.

Along with new CPUs, Intel plans to release corresponding core logic: X58 and ICH10. According to some estimates, the new platform is to outperform the current generation by 15-30%. Another important difference is that the new platform will feature QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) instead of a usual FSB.

Other features will include four PCI Express 8x slots and support for AMD Quad CrossFireX. Whether Intel also obtains a license for NVIDIA SLI is yet unknown.

Source: DigiTimes

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