Intel has said that they’ll have a 3.2GHz Conroe Extreme Edition out by the end of the year.
Not that anybody reading this will (or ought to) buy one, but the emergence of one is probably good news for anyone buying one of its kid brothers.
It is conceivable that Intel will cherrypick a few high-performing ones to meet the less-than-voracious demand for thousand dollar CPUs, but given what we’ve seen so far, it’s more likely Intel can make these things run under default conditions at 3.2GHz.
And that probably means regular folks will be able to get 3.2 out these processors without too much fuss or bother.
Of course, people will want more than that, but a 3.2 air-cooled Conroe ought to easily handle any equivalently-cooled AM2 processor, at least until 65nm ones show up.