A number of web-sites reported that Intel is going to accelerate its Pentium 4 processors later this year by incorporating more cache into the chips and boosting the speed of the processor system bus.
Extreme Edition Becomes More Extreme
Intel is going to unleash a yet another version of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor clocked at 3.46GHz with 1066MHz Quad Pumped Bus in the Q3 2004. There is currently no precise information about the sizes of L2 and L3 caches for the part, but one of pretty logical assumptions are 512KB and 2MB of level-two and level-three respectively. The chip is likely to come in LGA775 packaging.
Right now the Santa Clara, California-based company supplies Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors with 2MB L2 cache for gamers and performance enthusiasts. The Extreme Edition chips are substantially more powerful than typical Pentium 4 CPUs. The company said it would supply Extreme Edition processors for future systems that use Socket T. Current Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chips use Socket 478 and 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus. It is not clear how performance of Pentium 4 "Prescott" processors with 1066MHz PSB will compare to that of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chips with 800MHz PSB.
News source: X-bit labs