Intel to phase out Core i7 940 and 965 Extreme

This may come as a surprise to some, but reports state that Intel is looking to phase out its Core i7 940 and 965 extreme processors, just barely 6 months after their release. The Core i7 940 and 965 Extreme CPUs, which are based on Intel's new Nehalem microarchitecture and have a clock rate of 2.93 Ghz and 3.2 Ghz respectively, will be officially "unavailable" after September 4th, 2009.

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Intel has not revealed any reasons for stopping the production of the 2 out of their only 3 desktop Nehalem based processors. Reports suggest that Intel may be making way for their successors, the rumored Core i7 950 3.06 Ghz and 975 Extreme 3.33 Ghz CPUs. This could mean that the current Core i7 processors were not really meant to be mainstream products, but rather as a way to meet the launch date and a taste for all that is to come.

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