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Intel Corp. has quietly started to sell its Pentium D processor, an anticipated update for the Pentium D family that brings higher performance for the performance-mainstream desktops powered by Intel’s chips. It is interesting to note that Intel had not formally announced the Pentium D 960 processor, nor another high-performance chip – the Pentium 965 Extreme Edition.

Intel Pentium D 960 processor operates at 3.60GHz clock-speed, features 4MB of cache (2MB per core), utilizes 800MHz processor system bus and is drop-in compatible with Intel dual-core infrastructure – computers running Intel 945-, 955- or 975-series chipsets and featuring 05B platform compatibility guide (PCG 05B). Meanwhile the Pentium 965 Extreme Edition functions at 3.73GHz, uses 1066MHz quad pumped bus and supports Hyper-Threading technology that allows up to 4 threads to be executed at once.

Intel Pentium D 900-series processors code-named Presler employ two separate processing cores on a single piece of substrate. The chips are produced using 65nm process technology.

Tokyo, Japan stores sell the new Pentium D 960 chip for up to about $620, however, Intel’s online price-list does not currently include the Pentium D 960 processor, even though the company’s roadmap indicated that the chip should emerge in late April at the price of $637, which means that Intel will be aggressive in terms of pricing on the new processor.

Clock-speed increase and price drops will help Intel to increase the pressure on its rival Advanced Micro Devices in the dual-core space, where chips from AMD became more popular among performance enthusiasts.

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Nobody cares.
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It's news, it should be reported, and some people will care.

Admittedly, it is still not an attractive processor, but they are not in the business of deciding what people care, because it is impossible, but reporting news that relates to the computer world.

The most interesting thing is the price, which is kind of low considering what it is. That has to be saying they can't rid of the lemons fast enough and are just trying to keep market share before raping AMD in the second half.
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Interesting price: If only the 965 was that price!
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