"Kentsfield" to Debut at 2.66GHz
August 16, 2006 10:43 PM
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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
, 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
have slipped out. Intel's most recent roadmap claims
, 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
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
launch as well. Since the E6700 has a distributor price of $530, the
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
supplanted any new dual-core Extreme processors.
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RE: Fast Forward?
8/17/2006 5:31:07 PM
ntel sits around and does nothing for the next year, year and a half
I figure, except for speed bumps, they will, just like they did with the P4 platform in general.
I think the bottom line guys like Targon would want to get across is at least that Intel doesn't have the absolute advantage. Intel fans are currently 'right', just like a broken clock is right twice a day, and are doing everything they can to relish it, but if K8L and 65nm speed-boosts really really come to bear some sweet fruit AMD will be right back in the game and, as almost always, with a lower overall platform cost or price/performance ratio.
And besides, elegance counts for something. If you dropped a V12 in a crapy early-90s Civic and it could do jaw-dropping quarter miles, I'd still take a sleek, elegant but slower competitor. :)
RE: Fast Forward?
8/17/2006 8:29:03 PM
I wonder if you'd be saying the same about "elegance" if/when AMD released a two-cores-on-one CPU.
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