Intel moves majority of Pentium 4 to 64-bit versions

“Intel shifted the majority of its Pentium 4 processors to 64-bit capability over the weekend. Intel quietly introduced the Intel 5×1 series, which shifts the existing 775-pin, 32-bit Pentium 4 line—known as the 5xx series—to 64-bit memory addressing,” ExtremeTech reports.

“For customers, all this means is that Intel is encouraging its customers to buy 64-bit chips instead of the older 32-bit Pentium 4s; save for the 64-bit capability, the new 5×1 series is identical to the older 32-bit Pentium 4s, and priced identically,’ ExtremeTech reports. “Prices of the new chips range from $163 to $637, in lots of 1,000 units.”

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41 Comments

  1. I’m too ‘po’ to afford anything now, but one day, should my diabolical scheme of education come to fruition, I will undoubtedly be able to check email on a really fast machine!

  2. The very best possible thing that Intel can hope for out of their partnership with Apple — apart from sales, of course — is that Apple might somehow influence them to simplify their product line. If you’re marketing microchips to hardware vendors, it’s fine to have a three-inch-thick catalog filled with cryptic part numbers. But if you’re trying to market your chips to the general public, offering dozens of seemingly identical products leads only to frustration for all parties involved.

  3. Flux capacitors were more likely to turn up in PowerBook G5s. 1.21 Gigawatts would just about power the cooling system.

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  4. If you really want to date yourself, set the “way-back” machine to the movie “Buckaroo Banzi” That believe it or not is were your gonna see the same flux capacitor (different name, same prop) on Buckaroo’s 8th dimension truck.

  5. The Pentium 4 is crap. The Pentium M is where the future of Intel is at. A 2.5Ghz single core Pentium M blows away a top of the line Pentium 4 EE. 64 bit makes no difference, except for the ability to address more than 4GB of RAM.

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