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Last minute changes to Intel's roadmap

Contrary to what Intel roadmaps had previously indicated, Intel today officially announced the Intel Core 2 Quad processor.  The Core 2 Quadro moniker that was designated earlier appears to have been changed at the last minute, as launch material from late September 2006 claimed the official product name would be Core 2 Quadro.

Intel's Core 2 Quad processor will officially launch in Q1'07, dubbed the Q6600 processor. The Kentsfield Xeon X3210 and X3220 are expected to launch in Q1’07 as well. DailyTech also previously explored the performance of Intel’s upcoming Core 2 Quad Q6600.

In mid-November of this year, the company will announce its first quad-core desktop CPU—the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 clocked at 2.66 GHz. Intel is also expected to launch its quad-core Xeon Clovertown 5300 series around the same time frame. All of Intel’s quad-core Kentsfield and Clovertown will be equipped with 2x4MB of L2 cache.

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Motherboard support?
By RussianSensation on 9/26/2006 4:40:12 PM , Rating: 3
I am just looking to buy a Core 2 duo system within a month and was wondering if most i965 chipset motherboards (i.e. Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3) will support quad core cpus with a BIOS update? If not, will 975 provide support?


RE: Motherboard support?
By NextGenGamer2005 on 9/26/2006 8:23:07 PM , Rating: 3
Well, Intel is still claiming that "Kentsfield" will be drop-in compatible with any motherboard that has Core 2 Duo support. So yes.

But then again, Intel says many things that turn out not be so true...

RE: Motherboard support?
By kilkennycat on 9/26/2006 11:13:08 PM , Rating: 2

If you have interest in quad-core motherboard compatibility, hold off your motherboard purchase until you see the "whites of Intel's quad-core eyes". Intel has a significant recent history of non-forward-compatible chipsets. (All in the interest of keeping Intel's chip-production facilities fully loaded, of course) The Intel Core2 Quad is "reputedly-compatible" with the 975-equipped motherboards; no specific mention of 965. Also, since the power-demands of the quad-core is greater than the dual-core, there may be some power-regulator issues also. Remember all the existing LGA-775 motherboards that are not compatible with Core2/Conroe because of power-regulator changes?

and AMD annouces...
By Souka on 9/26/2006 2:27:47 PM , Rating: 2
and AMD announces their next gen processor, code named "krptonite"


RE: and AMD annouces...
By DallasTexas on 9/26/06, Rating: 0
RE: and AMD annouces...
By Rollomite on 9/26/2006 3:18:21 PM , Rating: 1
Is that the Intel bandwagon I just saw roll by?

RE: and AMD annouces...
By splines on 9/26/06, Rating: 0
RE: and AMD annouces...
By Kim Leo on 9/26/2006 3:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
ha ha funny :D, don't know why they voted you down? it wasn't even "fanboy" talk like Dallastexas's comment...

RE: and AMD annouces...
By The Sword 88 on 9/26/06, Rating: 0
RE: and AMD annouces...
By friky19 on 9/27/2006 3:18:58 AM , Rating: 2
Intel has won... for now.

(this coming from an all time intel user)

By PrinceGaz on 9/26/2006 3:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if nVidia had something to do with Intel deciding to not use the Quadro name :)

RE: nVidia?
By Doormat on 9/26/2006 3:47:06 PM , Rating: 3
Yea really. I figured if they really wanted to use the quadro name they were going to have to pay nVidia for it.

RE: nVidia?
By Khato on 9/26/2006 9:47:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not entirely certain where the idea that Intel would brand kentsfield as core 2 quadro got started - purrhaps with TomsHardware deciding that they needed to give kentsfield an appealing name in their preview.

Either way, I severely doubt that intel's marketing/branding department would have ever considered naming a product the same as another company's product that exists in the same market. (The market in question being computer components.) After all, can't have someone looking at a workstation and see quadro in the description and hence assume it has nvidia graphics.

Quad cache?
By Clauzii on 9/26/2006 6:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
So the cache is not fully shared among all four cores - since it says 2x4MB?

RE: Quad cache?
By brownba on 9/26/2006 7:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
correct - it's just two dual-cores stuck together. (like how the dual-core p4 was constructed).

RE: Quad cache?
By squeezee on 9/26/2006 7:26:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, since the Core 2 Quad is just two Core 2 Duos in a single package.

The Empire Strikes Back...
By vortmax on 9/27/2006 11:42:05 AM , Rating: 2
Time for the rebel forces to regroup and release a new attack...sooner than later, I hope...

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