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      30.05.2001 07:08
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      Recently Intel have announced the launch of there 64 bit Itanium Processors, Said to knock Sun Microsystems on there arse. Intels aim is to cut into the server market with a cheaper and more powerfull processor. But have they succeeded? Already major system manufacturers have soaked up this new CPU, Amoung those names are system giants, HP & Dell. With Dell announcing they will be releasing there first Itanium powered server this summer. Dell's system will be boasting a 733mhz Itanium Processor with a rather nice 4mb of cache, 1gig of RAM & an 18 gig harddrive. Later on down the line there is manufacturers claiming to be releasing servers with Quad(4) Itanium processors with 4mb of cache and holding a rather staggering 64Gigs of RAM. Unfortunatly this chip does not come to the market cheap. If you are looking to have this CPU grace your server, you will be looking to pay in the region of $4,000. Where as workstation owners can be looking at anywhere between $1-2,000. I am just hoping that Intel are releasing a decent CPU, and not making another Pentium 4 flop. To be fair only time will tell, and alot of trial an error. But to be honest i must say i will be sticking with my Sun Microsystems. Intel will need to really prove themselves now, I wouldnt trust any CPU from them after there P4 disaster. If you are looking for full specs on this CPU, then there is indepth reviews & tests over at www.tomshardware.com. So i reckon we all sit back and wait and see how this bad boy pans out.

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