Intel to thin out Core i7 offer
Except the Core i7 975 Extreme Edition all currently available socket 1366 "Core” CPUs are supposed to phase out in early 2010.
After the introduction of the Lynnfield (formerly known as Core i5) on September 1, 2009 the current Core i7 models will get in-house competition in form of new processors with less than 3 GHz. Up to now Intel demented that the relevant LGS 1366 CPUs will be cut in favor of the equally fast LGA 1156 models, but an unofficial roadmap gives a different preview. This has been confirmed to bit-tech by several motherboard manufacturers and it is said that the Core i7 models 920, 940 and the recently introduced 950 will reach their "end of life” status in early 2010.
End of life CPUs cannot be ordered from Intel any longer, but this doesn't actually mean that they will no longer be available on the markets. The Core 2 Quad Q6700 for example is "EOL” since early 2009, but it still is available in bigger numbers.
Given those conditions the future of the socket 1366 becomes a little unclear. As a base for server and workstation processors of the Xeon 5000er series it most likely to be used for some time, but for the use as an enthusiast desktop platform more than only one processor would be required. Additional models based on the hexa-core Gulftown, which is also supposed to be released in early 2010, are expected.
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