Xeon and Core 2 Extreme, now with four cores!

Intel today officially announced its quad-core processor families. Two quad-core product families are launching today. These families include quad-core Clovertown Intel Xeon 5300 series and Kentsfield Core 2 Extreme quad-core processors.

Intel Clovertown Xeon
E5355 2.66GHz 1333MHz 8MB $1172
E5345 2.33GHz 1333MHz 8MB $851
E5320 1.86GHz 1066MHz 8MB $690
E5310 1.60GHz 1066MHz 8MB $455

Four Xeon 5300 series products are launching today. These models include the 1.60 GHz E5310 up to the 2.66 GHz E5355. The new Xeon 5300 series products have 1066 MHz or 1333 MHz front-side buses with an 80 watt or 120 watt TDP. Pricing of the Xeon 5300 series varies from $455 to $1172 in quantities of 1,000. Intel Xeon 5300 series processors will work with current Bensley platform motherboards designed for the land-grid array 771 socket.

Also launching today is Intel’s Kentsfield Core 2 Extreme QX6700. This quad-core processor is catered towards the enthusiast and single processor workstation markets. The Core 2 Extreme QX6700 arrives clocked at 2.66 GHz with 8MB of L2 cache on a 1066 MHz front-side bus. Pricing for the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is expected around $999—the usual debut price for new Intel Extreme products.

Users wishing for a more value priced quad-core processor will have to wait until 2007 for Intel to release its Core 2 Quad processors. In addition to the Core 2 Quad products in 2007, Intel is expected to release Xeon 3200 series socket LGA775 quad-core processors as well.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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