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Intel to Soon Phase Out Most Core i7 Processors
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According to recent reports, Santa Clara, California-based Intel is planning to phase out the majority of its Core i7 processors, including the recently launched 950 model. This first wave of Nehalem-based chips will soon be replaced by Intel's much anticipated Lynnfield models, which will be introduced alongside a new platform, featuring the new LGA1156 socket. The only high-end CPU that appears to have a longer life on

Intel's product line is the new 3.33GHz Core i7 975 part.

In a recent news-article, bit-tech claims to have had access to documents showcasing Intel's processor roadmap, as well as getting multiple confirmations that Intel's Core i7 920, 940, 950 and 965 processors will be end-of-life (EOL) by the end of next-year. These are part of the chip maker's initial wave of Nehalem-based CPUs, providing users with an increased performance level and a new high-end platform.

The Intel Core i7 975 and the upcoming LGA1366-capable 6-core processors will be available for Chipzilla's current flagship desktop platform, as an upcoming wave of Lynnfield processors and new platforms will provide users with support for the mainstream market segment. Unfortunately, there are no specific details as to when Intel plans on phasing out the aforementioned products. However, according to bit-tech, users interested in purchasing a new desktop computer, should hold on until September 1, when the first series of Lynnfield processors are due to arrive.

Intel's current Core i7 processors are available in quad-core configurations and reach clock speeds of 3.33GHz, with the recently introduced Core i7 975. On a performance level, these CPUs have no direct competitor from AMD, which has tried to better compete with Intel with the help of its latest Phenom II series. As far as pricing goes, Core i7 are among the most expensive CPUs on the market, available only to computer enthusiasts.
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