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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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RE: Fast Forward?
By RMSe17 on 9/26/2006 11:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Right, there's still little if any software which takes advantage of multi-cores.

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Am I missing something?


Yes, you are not correct in your statement. While multi-core cpu idea is new, dual processor idea is at least 10 years old, (thats when we got one at home), and even then many applications were mutlithreaded. You would be hard pressed to find an application that is not multithreaded today. Most software can take advantage of multi-core system.


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