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What You Need To Know

  1. 1Ghz is the top speed for the notebook chips, and it costs $420.

  2. They’re meant for notebooks, finding one any time soon is going to be really rough. Don’t expect your local store to have one
    this week.

  3. Eventually, you may see some appear on the gray market, but two factors are waiting out there to tackle early pioneers.
  4. First, motherboards will probably need a BIOS upgrade to handle Palomino, would be really surprised if it didn’t. Since real desktop Palominos won’t be out until August, mobo manufacturers probably won’t be in any rush to update.
  5. Second, Palominos have a lot more bridges than Durons/TBirds. Some of the “old” bridges have additional connections. As of now, we have no idea what does what, and it will take some exploration to find this out.
  6. Per the chip itself, apparently, default voltage is 1.4V, that should not be a problem with a BIOS update for most if not all KT or better generation boards.
  7. The chips will use a five rather than a four letter code to identify itself, will be interesting to see if we can continue to identify new and better versions that way.
  8. The chip apparently does a bit better at x speed than a TBird, sort of like going to DDR.

  9. Power consumption has been rolled back somewhat, but we’ll still be in the same boat overclocking at speeds approaching 2Ghz this fall that we’re in now running at 1.5Ghz.

In short, it’s nice to know a few more details about the chip, but you still won’t be able to use it for a while.

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