Intel takes it to the extreme

Intel has today announced a new 'Extreme Edition' Pentium 4 processor, which supports hyper-threading technology, aimed at high-end gamers and video editors.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  November 11, 2003

Intel has today announced a new 'Extreme Edition' Pentium 4 processor, which supports hyper-threading technology, aimed at high-end gamers and video editors.

The 3.20 GHz processor delivers enhanced graphics for more realistic game play through faster frame rates and higher-level detail rendering. Intel claims that increased CPU performance will enables software vendors to create sophisticated software physics engines, which allow realistic character movements and artificial intelligence.

"Designed with the gaming and enthusiast communities in mind, the new Intel Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition unleashes the performance needed to conquer the most demanding games and applications," said Bill Siu, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group.

"We have added an on-die two-megabyte Level 3 cache, which delivers a more realistic gaming experience when combined with Intel HT Technology."

Built on Intel's 0.13-micron process technology, the Intel Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition features a 512-kilobyte Level 2 cache, a two-megabyte Level 3 cache and an 800 MHz system bus speed. This processor is compatible with the existing Intel 865 and Intel 875 chipset families and standard system memory.

The two-megabyte Level 3 cache can preload a graphics frame buffer or a video frame before the processor requires it. This enables a higher throughput and faster frame rates when accessing memory and I/O devices.

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