Fud reports that probably the most popular and best selling quad-core of all time, the 65nm Kentsfield-based Q6600 is walking toward its retirement. Intel has informed its partners that it scheduled a Product Discontinuance Notice for December and that the real End of life for this CPU is Q1 2009.
At the same time, Intel plans to retire Q6700 with the same schedule and Q9450 will receive Product Discontinuance Notice in November with the scheduled End of life for Q1 2009. Core 2 Quad Q9450 is 45nm-based and it will be replaced by the slowest Nehalem, Core i7 920 that will work at the same clock, but it will end up a bit faster due to eight thread support and some architecture advantages.
As we previously reported, super high-end Q9750 and QX9770 both 45nm at 3.2GHz (one for Skulltrail and one for socket 771) will retire in Q2 2009, while the Product Discontinuance Notice is planned for Q1 2009. This CPU will be replaced by Core i7 965-based Bloomfield that launches in mid-November [via fidzilla]