Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 11th Feb 2009 09:51 UTC
Intel Intel demoed the world's first 32-nanometer processor today, showing it off in several test desktop and laptop configurations. There aren't any hard-set specifications or benchmarks just yet, but here's the scoop on the upcoming processors, according to Intel: The 45nm desktop and laptop processors (the Clarksfield and Lynnfield) with four cores will transitionally be replaced by dual core alternative 32nm processors (the Clarkdale and Arrandale) that also have an integrated graphics processor all with the same form factor as the 45nm chips. Two exciting side-notes: The first, Intel will be investing over $8 billion into the 32nm era (alright, so not immensely exciting, but definitely interesting, especially in this economy where money isn't shouldn't be thrown around without a mighty good cause). The second bit, according to one of Intel's charts, apparently there will be a 32nm high-end desktop processor (the Gulftown) that will have six cores. The good news? Parts of the platform will be going into production in 2009 for sure. The bad news? They said "parts." Be warned: that Core i7 you have your eye on will be a thing of the past come the newer and higher-end quad-core 32nm beauties.
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RE[5]: Comment by El_Exigente
by weildish on Fri 13th Feb 2009 01:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by El_Exigente"
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Oh, I definitely agree with you. That's why I settled for the Phenom about a year ago, even though I knew the Core 2 Quads were going to get cheaper within the year and new versions of the Phenom were coming as well as the Phenom II. It's just... there's always a sinking feeling when you find the processor you paid $290 for is now selling at $190. Even still, there are few who I know who have a system as powerful as mine, so I still feel pretty good about what I've bought in the geeky pride sense.

Also, agreeing with darknexus, I find that my netbook performs all of my daily tasks beautifully. Email, internet, desktop publishing, and database management is usually what I normally do (as I'm sure what most other people normally do). I have my desktop for video editing, games (ha-- if I had time for those), and other heavier tasks, but I find I'm using it less and less because my new netbook does my daily tasks almost as efficiently, and I can actually escape my dank study and see the sun again and explore the world with it. ;)

Edited 2009-02-13 01:45 UTC

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