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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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motherboards currently compatable
By irev210 on 9/19/2006 9:40:00 AM , Rating: 3
All core 2 DUO 965/975 mobo's support kentfield.

The best right now is the P5W Deluxe because it supports all of the multi's. The p5b deluxe currently only offers multi's up to 12x :(

The biggest problem with overclocking these CPU's is the intense FSB. The quad-core really does a number on the FSB. Mobo's that can do 500mhz+ on core2duo are lucky to hit 400mhz with kentfield, with low multiplier.

With the introduction of kentfield, we will see a greater need for high quality air cooling. The units are very overclockable, just generate a TON of heat.

The k6700 easily overclocks to 3500+ on GOOD air. People will be very happy with them.

The next gen intel extreme chipset 975v2 on 90nm should help out the FSB problems that kentfield is having.

HEAT and FSB are going to be the big topics for this chip.

RE: motherboards currently compatable
By irev210 on 9/19/2006 9:43:13 AM , Rating: 2
i should edit, support is up to the manufacturer.

Right now here are thje ones i've tested-


P5W DH Deluxe
P5B Deluxe
and the workstation core 2 duo boards


Infinity 975

There are many more. Even the Dell XPS 700 supports the kentfield out of the box.

Anyway, hope this helps.

By RamarC on 9/19/2006 10:33:07 AM , Rating: 2
Tom's used the p5w dh deluxe in their kentsfield tests:

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