Intel will formally announce its Deschutes 333MHz processor today, but end users will have to wait until the company produces a 100MHz bus to go with the faster speed (see Newswire 1 November 1996).
The fast processor will have support from all the large PC vendors including Compaq, ALR-Gateway, Hewlett Packard and IBM but, according to reports, will not deliver a great deal more than existing technology until the 100MHz bus is ready. Intel, so far, has not given an official date for its release.
Said Joe D?Elia, senior semiconductor analyst at Dataquest UK: ?The 333MHz Deschutes is not really the key product, it is when we get to the 100MHz bus that things will really start to happen.?
According to those who have already reviewed the Deschutes, its performance is not much greater currently than that of a 300MHz Pentium II part.
A reviewer at 'Tom?s Hardware Page' at http://www.tomshardware.com, said: ?The Deschutes 333MHz is overclockable like crazy. Mine runs 416MHz flawlessly but the CPU is hardly interesting because of the slower Level 2 cache timing.?
Today, Compaq will introduce Deskpro 4000 and Deskpro 6000 incorporating Intel?s new chip at prices of #1,690 and #2,350. HP will also offer similar models, while Dell will follow suite with an Optiplex machine and ALR-Gateway will also position itself in the Deschutes arena.
Intel has already hinted that the Deschutes platform will migrate to notebooks and the company is expected to introduce a cheap Slot 1 Deschutes without L2 cache, aimed at the Socket Seven market, as revealed here earlier.
However, Slot 2 versions of the Deschutes are not likely to arrive for some time because of design constraints, so forcing large manufacturers like HP and Data General to bet their dollars on the Pentium Pro machine.
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