It took Intel several months to bring Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors 3.20GHz to the market. Now there are Prescott chips available for pre-order, the industry wonders whether the world's largest chipmaker is able to deliver Prescott and Extreme Edition processors at exceptionally high 3.40GHz clock-speed on time and in sufficient quantities.
As revealed earlier, Intel launches its new 0.13 micron and 90nm microprocessors on the 2nd of February. The record of new desktop microprocessors to be formally unveiled on the mentioned date includes 4 Prescott processors with 1MB of L2 cache, 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus, SSE3, HT technology, running at 3.40GHz, 3.20GHz, 3.00GHz and 2.80GHz; Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor at 3.40GHz with 2MB cache, 800MHz QPB and HT technology; Intel Pentium 4 Northwood with 512KB cache at 3.40GHz; Intel Pentium 4 2.80A processor with 533MHz PSB, 1MB of cache, SSE3, based on Prescott core, but without HT technology. This is not a secret that Intel's highly-anticipated processors usually appear on sale weeks before official launch. Keeping in mind that Intel shipped bunch of its 90nm Prescott Pentium 4 processors back in the fourth quarter of 2003, it is not a surprise that now these 90nm parts start to emerge in various stores around the world. The question is which chips are actually available (those are processors supplied in Q4)?
News source: X-bit labs