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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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RE: Trademarks, and more importantly
By darkfossil on 9/19/2006 1:22:43 PM , Rating: -1
First off I totally agree that there is nothing, nothing , really out there that is worth the jump to the quad core processors. Unfortunately it seems, the software always is lagging behind the hardware. What I want to know is whether these quad core processors will drop the price of the Core 2 Duo's. I want to build a Core 2 Duo system and I would like to know if it is better to build now or wait for some price cuts in November or whenever the Quadro's come out.

RE: Trademarks, and more importantly
By ZmaxDP on 9/19/2006 1:47:36 PM , Rating: 3
I love it when people make blatant generalizations. It makes what is probably an otherwise intelligent person and makes look like a moron.

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And pretty much any rendering application on the face of the planet scales quite well with multiple cores.

Most compression technologies now can be multithreaded for improved performance and scale quite well as well.


Then there's a whole barrage of Sound editing and Image editing softwares that love CPU cycles and can use multiple cores. Most of these scale almost as well on 4 cores as they do on two.

I have a four core computer, 2 Opteron 275's - and that was an upgrade from two Opteron 246's. The bump in performance far surpasses the minimal clockspeed jump from 2.0 Ghz to 2.2. Ghz. Yes, even on single threaded applications, for the reasons others have listed. It's easy to dismiss it until you've used it. Aside from my work - which heavily utilizes all 4 cores, it blows the socks off of my FX-57 in my home computer for everything BUT gaming. And, that has far less to do with the CPU and a lot more to do with the ATI workstation card in my work computer and the 7800gtx in my home computer. If I could afford the parts I'd happily swap out my FX57 for a dual processor dual core implementation at home. The gain in consistency (never noticing a slow down in performance no matter what you're doing) is worth it all by itself. Personally, I'm going to wait for K8L and AMD Quad core because AMD has been so great to me personally over the last few years. Intel has their pants around their ankles at the moment, but AMD will do the same in return in a few more months.

I'm not saying that the average consumer will NEED the additional cores, but to say that they won't notice, use, or appreciate them, is absolutely ridiculous. If you don't know, try not to act like you do. It makes you look a bit silly most of the time.

By Helbore on 9/19/2006 1:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
This is what I'm hoping for, too, but in the case of what the Clovertown release will do to the current Woodcrest chips. I'm in dire need of a new server to run VMWare and half a dozen VMs, but those Woodcrest chips are just too expensive right now. I'm hoping that clovertown, if it appears around November-December, will push the Woodcrest prices down a notch or two.

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