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Intel to update Q9550’s stepping late next week

Posted August 13, 2008 by admin in CPU & Motherboards

As the Core i7 quad-core processors are closing in Intel is set to move its Core 2 Quad Q9550 parts from the current C-1 to the E-0 stepping. The first E-1 Q9950 CPUs will start shipping on August 22nd and they will feature Halide free packages, new SSpec and MM numbers and a fresh CPUID – 0x1067A (the C-1 ID is 0x10677).

Apart from those above, the new stepping will not include any other changes but a BIOS update is required to ensure full support for the E-0 CPUs.


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