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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?

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