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Four 2.66GHz Intel CPUs on a single package for just a grand

Intel's newest roadmap started making the rounds last week, and the headline title across the roadmap was absolutely Kentsfield, Intel's upcoming quad-core processor.  During last month's investor call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the chips would be shipping this year, as opposed to Q1'07 that was originally slated on the roadmap.

Now a few additional details of Kentsfield have slipped out.  Intel's most recent roadmap claims Kentsfield, which will ship as a Core 2 Extreme branded processor, will run each core at 2.66GHz and a 1066MHz front-side bus.  Essentially, the processor is two Core 2 Duo E6700 processors packaged onto a single CPU.

There is no announced ship date of Kentsfield yet, though Intel has announced that the processor will ship for $999 -- the same as every other "Extreme" processor the company has announced.  Intel has no price cuts for the E6700 processor planned until after the quad-core Kentsfield launch as well.  Since the E6700 has a distributor price of $530, the Kentsfield actually offers some discount for the second core.

Absentees from Intel's roadmaps include a 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme processor.  The company officially stated that such a processor would follow the existing 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme that is available today.  However, it seems fairly evident that the quad-core Kentsfield has
supplanted any new dual-core Extreme processors.

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Kentsfield + LN2
By Marlowe on 8/17/2006 4:56:32 AM , Rating: 2
A lucky and skilled chap from Norway got hold of a Kentsfield E6700 2,67GHz Quad (ES), and with the help of some LN2 overclocked it to nearly 5 GHz :)

RE: Kentsfield + LN2
By dice1111 on 8/17/2006 9:24:34 AM , Rating: 2
Is there a URL for us?

RE: Kentsfield + LN2
By sdsdv10 on 8/17/2006 2:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
Most of these are over at xtremesystems.
Here is a link.

RE: Kentsfield + LN2
By darkfoon on 8/17/2006 6:55:01 PM , Rating: 2
What I gather from this article is:
1. kentsfield is quad-core
2. it's going to be available sooner than though, but not NOW.

So my confusion is, how did this guy get a quad-core CPU? Are kentsfields already for sale? And if it is quad-core, why does his CPU-Z not show it?

RE: Kentsfield + LN2
By sdsdv10 on 8/18/2006 4:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
ES - engineering samples

A person screen name coolaler has been posting Conroe results since mid-May. Not sure where they are getting them, but they are all over the xtremesystems Intel and Extreme Overclocking forums. I have read you can find some on ebay, but I haven't looked. Too rich for my blood.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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