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Core 2 Duo P9700 to get replaced by i7 620M


Penryn 45nm bites the dust

Intel plans to retire a lot of its hard-working Core 2 processors and the plan is to replace them with Core i5 and Core i7 Arrandale and Lynnfield series.

The transition starts in Q1 2010 and the highest ranking CPU to get replaced by the new Core "i" generation is Core 2 Duo P9700 CPU. It is clocked at 2.8GHz but doesn’t support Turbo, has FSB 1066, 6MB of cache at 28W TDP. This CPU is part of Montevina plus platform and Penryn 45nm dual core processor, something that has to make some space for Calpella prosperous platform that got introduced at the end of 2009.

Core i7 620M is based on Arrandale dual core with an integrated 45nm graphics and works at 2.66GHz with 500MHz graphics, supports DDR3 1066, 4MB of memory and a not-so-great 35W TDP.

At least this CPU has graphics and Northbridge inside so we have to cut it some slack, and the impressive thing about this 2.66GHz part is that with the help of Turbo it will work at 3.33GHz while graphics will overclock to 766MHz, when necessary.

This is the first transition to take place in Performance 3 part of the market and we can also confirm that Core i7 920 XM  stays the fastest Intel’s CPU for extreme performance $999 market. 

Last modified on 04 January 2010
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