Upcoming Pentium 4 models brought forward?
Rumors have been circulating in the last few days that Intel will bring the next Pentium 4 models (the P4 2.600 (FSB400) and the P4 2.666 (FSB533)) forward. Now the 3 GHz version should appear in the 4th quarter of this year.
Officially, the release date is always officially still in the 1st quarter of 2003, internally the introduction of the CPU in the 4th quarter of this year is apparently already certain. According to the English media, even the preliminary prices have already been set. The 2.8GHz variant, which is planned for the 3rd quarter, will initially be available for US $ 637 (price for a purchase of 1000 units). The 2.6 and 2.66 GHz versions are said to hike over the counter for $ 562 US. The prices in particular are likely to be speculative and may adjust to the market again at the appropriate time. As always, the current top models with 2.533 MHz are likely to drop significantly in price regardless of this. However, Intel's motive for bringing the processors forward seems questionable. However, the assumption that AMD will clearly take the speed crown in the somewhat weak phase up to the appearance of the hammer seems obvious. Technically, the project does not seem to cause any problems, as current models are often overclocked with air cooling at a level of around 3GHz. AMD, on the other hand, still seems to have some problems with the T-Bred, because despite months of delays, even weeks after the presentation the processor is still in vain. Certainly a chance for the Pentium developer to make up ground again in the meantime.
The source also has news about the Celeron based on P4 Willamette. The 1.9 GHz version of what is currently the most controversial processor will soon appear on the market for US $ 139.