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Intel documents reveal two quad-core processors within the next six months

For those of you who hadn't seen this coming -- you should have -- Intel's desktop quad-core "Core 2" processor is on the way.  Intel's most recent launch update claims the chip will come in two iterations, the first of which will be here in November 2006.  Both chips have Socket 775 packaging and utilize a 1066MHz front-side bus.

The Extreme Edition 2.66GHz chip, dubbed Core 2 Extreme QX6700, is poised to launch this year in November.  Like other "Extreme" chips from Intel, the estimated price tag is $999 for the new processor. The CPU is compatible with all second-generation Conroe-compatible Intel 975X motherboards, but not all "965" series motherboards. Unfortunately, there are no more details on which motherboards are compatible yet.

A mainstream quad-core Kentsfield will launch early next year, dubbed the Core 2 Quadro Q6600, and will debut with a 2.4GHz core frequency.  A price tag for the Q6600 has not been set yet, but the processor will retail for less than the QX6700 but more than the Core 2 Duo E6700.  The E6700 has a street price of approximately $530 USD, but price cuts will bring the cost of the CPU down before the Q1'07 launch of mainstream Kentsfield.

Intel's original launch scheduled claimed that only the Q6600 would launch next year.  This has been revised several times by Intel representatives who have publically pre-empted AMD's quad-core plans.  AMD retaliated earlier this year stating that quad-core demonstrations would come before the end of the year. Given that AMD has a traditional habit of demonstrating its new processor technology during the Intel Developer Forums (IDF) that occur twice annum, it's quite likely that we will see these first demonstrations at next week's IDF.

A server version of Kentsfield, dubbed Clovertown, is also expected to ship this year with Socket 771 packaging.

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Will It Fit?
By thegrimreaper3 on 9/19/2006 9:24:11 AM , Rating: 1
So does that mean that a quad core 2 will fit in my e1505? I was about to upgrade to a core 2 being that i just bought it about 2 weeks before the core 2 came out so I'm stuck with a core duo...

RE: Will It Fit?
By PT2006 on 9/19/2006 9:27:50 AM , Rating: 2
Your notebook uses Socket 479. These chips are socket 775. We probably won't see quad core notebooks for a long time.

RE: Will It Fit?
By Master Kenobi on 9/19/2006 10:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
Because the power requirements and thermal disipation would either suck your battery dry in 20 minutes, or it would cause your laptop to warp and melt. Sorry man but this is not a laptop processor, probably not until the Core 4 series, or a shrink to 45nm.

RE: Will It Fit?
By Pirks on 9/19/2006 3:35:04 PM , Rating: 1
xeon L5310 is a low voltage 1.6 GHz clovertown with TDP about 50 watts, should perfectly fit into an alienware "portable home heater" aurora notebook or a similar class portable workstation machine, so quad core lappy is probably not THAT far away, 50 watts to dissipate are perfectly manageable for a notebook, considering all 4 cores are not going to be 100% loaded all the time so average TDP is maybe 30 watt or so - here's your new slick dell portable workstation for all those who run maya on their lap in the packed train/bus (gotta be real maniac animator, from ILM, not less! :)))

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