Intel has released the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition as a high-end desktop processor that improves the performance of the product line until Prescott, the 90-nanometre version of the Pentium 4, is released later this year.
The chip’s clock speed is 3.2GHz, and it comes with 2MB of Level 3 cache and Intel’s hyperthreading technology.
Chip analysts said the processor was essentially a desktop version of Intel’s Xeon MP chip, which was used in servers.
The new chip will cost $US925 in quantities of 1000 units.
Gamers are viewed as influential PC buyers by chip makers and PC vendors. They are willing to pay top dollar for the best performance available on the market, and push chip vendors to release new products and develop new technologies.
While several local system builders were evaluating the new chip, Intel could confirm only one which had placed an order.
Ipex was expected to have a skew based on the new chip available in time for Christmas, according to an Intel spokesperson.