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Old 04-16-2008, 12:40 AM   #10
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Expensive, maybe a little. Hot, definitely yes. Nehalem is 731M transistors... Quad Penryn was ~820M transistors, so total count actually went down. This is because Intel traded 4mb less L2 cache for more useful stuff, like triple channel memory controllers.

Silicon size doesn't reflect on the package size, or vice versa. More than likely the die size will be the same as Penryn.

Originally Posted by Techgage
While Core CPUs had a die size of 143mm^2, Penryn will be 107mm^2.
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