Joining the ranks of the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot may soon be the Intel P7 processor. Like the aforementioned beasts, its very existence is a subject for debate. The long and short of it: although Intel officials in Australia deny all knowledge of a 300MHz P7 processor, an Australian PC enthusiast says he has the power-packed processor installed in his computer.
As initially reported in Computerworld, the source, who requested anonymity, says the motherboard clearly sports the P7 processor. "This chip is not only a true 32-bit system racer, it has increased capabilities for 16-bit applications," he said. "It's multitasking facilities could pose a real threat to the Alpha board."
That's certainly a surprise to Intel managing director Tony Jansz. "After the initial story ran, I checked further into it and I can categorically state that there is no P7 in Australia," Jansz told Australian Reseller News. "The specs the guy is talking about are, in fact, P6-centric. We know the road maps we're working from and the P7 doesn't exist here."
Even so, the source reports the Intel P7 motherboard contains the following features:
An estimated performance of 299.632MHz at 37.9W; More than six million transistors in the CPU core (as opposed to 5.5 million transistors in the P6), and an estimated 16 million in the secondary cache; Mips capabilities that "significantly boost I/O processing";Connections of up to three parallel ports (as opposed to only one on the existing P6 motherboard);Up to three com ports (as opposed to two on the existing P6 motherboard); An internal SCSI connection; Simultaneous read and write capabilities to the hard disk; No sequential executions;Dynamic branch prediction.