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Intel sneaks out a 3.8GHz Pentium 4

Chipmaker's speedy Pentium 4 gets even faster.

John G. Spooner Staff Writer, CNET News.com
John Spooner
covers the PC market, chips and automotive technology.
John G. Spooner

Intel has quietly upped the speed of its Pentium 4 processor line for desktop PCs.

As expected, the chipmaker rolled out the 3.8GHz Pentium 4 570--its fastest processor to date--on Monday. But the company did so quietly, adding information about the chip to its Web site without issuing a press release.

The new 3.8GHz Pentium 4, whose main advantage is an extra 200MHz in clock speed (over the 3.6GHz Pentium 4 560), will come in high-end desktops at first. Game systems such as Hewlett-Packard's Compaq X will be among the first desktops to offer the chip.