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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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Oh oh oh... almost forgot... from Intel
By Marlin1975 on 9/19/2006 9:38:09 AM , Rating: 4
[Intel]Oh oh oh... almost forgot. You are going to need a new chipset and new board for this chip. Sure the 965 just came out but you will now need the new super 966 chip. [/Intel]

I hope this will not be true as I and many juts got 965 boards in HOPE it would at least make it to the next Intel chip/update.

RE: Oh oh oh... almost forgot... from Intel
By edpsx on 9/19/2006 9:57:51 AM , Rating: 3
Are you really suprised by this? Everytime Intel releases a new chip they always change the platform its going to be on as well. They make more money and so do motherboard manufacturers for selling more products. But the real question is WHY? Why do we need quad core processors in desktop computers? Almost NOTHING is written for multi threaded application so whats the point? I think this is a jump of the gun by intel just to try and gain more ground from AMD.

By edpsx on 9/19/2006 10:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
And one more item.. if youve noticed AMD tends to stick with the same socket/platform for awhile even on newer upgraded processors. This allows the customer to upgrade more easily. There are many more cpu's that get made for one specific socket type so as not to confuse the crap out of you when you go buy new computer parts. And no Im not an AMD fan boy.

By RMSe17 on 9/19/2006 10:03:21 AM , Rating: 4
Quad core is more geared towards a workstation, and a workstation is going to have a workstation geared chipset, 975X. The chip works on 975X. I really dont see what all the fuss is about. It makes sense.

RE: Oh oh oh... almost forgot... from Intel
By VooDooAddict on 9/19/2006 11:06:01 AM , Rating: 2
I for one see a big use for this in Dev Workstations.

I lead developer on a 3 person Dev/Testing Team. We need to do lost of our own testing and system validation on VMware.

May times I take my work home over the weekend it would be great to have a system at home capable of running a full Virtual Machine replica of the distributed system.

I'm waiting to see the pricing on this and the 8 core Mac Pro before buying/building my next home dev system.

RE: Oh oh oh... almost forgot... from Intel
By adamfilipo on 9/19/2006 12:20:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yeap cant wait for the Net Apple Mac Pro Octo
with dual Clovertown processors

hopefully over 3ghz or apple will have a confusing time marketing them

By Pirks on 9/19/2006 2:21:31 PM , Rating: 1
hopefully over 3ghz

read the article again - clovertowns are gonna be up to only 2.66 GHz 'cause they're quads and hence emit double the heat amount of your standard issue dualcore conroe/x2, so forget about mac pro clovertown 3GHz, apple won't stick the clovertown in a vapochill case, they're too cheap for that
apple will have a confusing time marketing them
don't worry about marketing - apple successfully marketed BOTH ppc vs intel and then intel vs ppc - and apple sheep where buying it always in droves, rest assured they'll buy mac pros 2.66GHz just like they were buying ppc and everything else apple was marketing

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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