Part 1: Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 955

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Intel Processor 955 Extreme Edition Features and Specifications

Intel 9XX Series Processors and Pricing:

If you are starting to read this article and already losing hope, because there is a $999 price tag fear not as Intel is also rolling out several other 9XX series processors at lower price points. Intel has confirmed that it has been mass-producing 65 nm Pentium D processors for some time now in its D1D fab in Hillsboro, Oregon and they will be on the market to purchase starting January 16, 2006.

  • Intel 955 – $999 – 3.46GHz
  • Intel 950 – $637 – 3.4GHz
  • Intel 940 – $423 – 3.2GHz
  • Intel 930 – $316 – 3.0GHz
  • Intel 920 – $241 – 2.8GHz

It seems like the only difference that the Intel 955 has over the other 9XX series processors is the higher front side bus and a bigger price tag. The lower end processors should provide overclockers and enthusiasts who want to overclock a great price versus performance value as you will see when you get to the overclocking section.

Intel Pentium Processor EE 955 Specifications:

  • 3.46GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 1066MHz “Quad-Pumped” frontside bus
  • .065-micron manufacturing process
  • 4MB on-chip, full-speed L2 cache – 2MB for each core
  • LGA775 Packaging – Land Grid Array
  • 1.20 – 1.33V operating voltage range
  • 130 watts TPD (Thermal Design Power)
  • Die Size: Approximately 140mm2
  • Approximately 376M Transistors

Intel 955 Processors Feature Chart:

Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 955 Features

Feature Benefit

Dual-Core Processor

Provides two independent processor cores in one physical package allowing the platform to do more in less time while you enjoy responsive interaction with your PC

Intel Hyper-Threading

Allows each core to function as two logical processors providing better data throughput when used with thread-enabled software

Intel Virtualization
Technology

Enables platforms to run multiple operating systems and/or applications in independent partitions or environments

2 x 2 MB Level 2 Cache

Each processor core is equipped with its own 2 MB Level 2 cache allowing the execution cores to quickly access data for processing

1066 MHz FSB Delivers

Delivers excellent system bandwidth for maximizing efficiency and improving system performance

Execute Disable Bit

Offers improved protection against malicious “buffer overflow” attacks when properly enabled with a supporting operating system

Intel Extended Memory
64 Technology

Enables platforms to access larger amounts of memory and will support developing 64-bit operating systems and applications

Now that we know the basic features of the Presler processor let’s move on to taking a closer look at the temperatures.

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