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Core 2 Duo, the sequel

Intel’s latest roadmap outlines plans for Conroe’s 2007 refresh. The upcoming refresh of Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor will arrive at the same time as the upcoming Bearlake 3 series of chipsets. This will be the first time Intel has refreshed its recently released Conroe architecture. The refresh is quite minor this time around. Nevertheless the Conroe refresh raises the front-side bus up to 1333 MHz and adds Intel Trusted Execution Technology.

Intel Conroe Refresh
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
L2
Cache
E6850 3 GHz
1333 MHz 4MB
E6800 2.93 GHz 1066 MHz 4MB
E6750 2.66 GHz 1333 MHz 4MB
E6650 2.33 GHz 1333 MHz 4MB

Three refreshed models will debut with the upcoming Bearlake 3 series chipsets. These models include the Core 2 Duo E6850, E6750 and E6650 clocked at 3 GHz, 2.66 GHz and 2.33 MHz respectively. At this point in time it doesn’t appear Intel has any plans for its Core 2 Extreme lineup, in terms of dual-core processors that is. Kentsfield Core 2 Extreme QX6700 will remain as Intel’s flag-ship enthusiast product.

In addition to the refreshed Conroe Core 2 Duo lineup, Intel will release one more 1066 MHz front-side bus endowed Core 2 Duo product. The upcoming Core 2 Duo E6800 will arrive clocked at 2.93 GHz—similar to Intel’s Core 2 Extreme X6800. The processor is expected to be Intel’s flagship processor for mainstream segments. Aside from the locked multiplier, the Core 2 Duo E6800 is identical to the Core 2 Extreme X6800.


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By Jedi2155 on 10/18/2006 1:42:12 AM , Rating: 3
Why spend money on the aftermarket? Its because you can get better than top of the line performance at a signifcantly lower cost. You can't buy a 3.6 GHz Core 2 Duo, even if you could it would cost/benefit is far less than just overclocking something that is a quarter of the cost.

I may be the extreme, but I am contemplating getting a Quad Core due to the fact that my multi-tasking seems to be constantly putting dual cores to 100% usage. However the market is out there and I'm just trying to say that i'm one of them waiting anxiously for quad-cores.

I'm a big gamer as well and i've done my fair share of research into multi-threaded gaming which is currently showing that a lot of developers are getting into it. More and more games like Company of Heroes are also supporting dual core and we can only wait to see more.


By Pirks on 10/18/2006 1:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
well, I've got the impression that one needs expensive water cooling to buy E6300 and then reach same speed as an extreme C2D chip (stock 3 GHz for X6800 or close to 3 GHz... forgot the number), and in the end it'll cost the same amount of dough. so my premise was that C2D extreme (X6800 that is) equals to decent OC watercooling setup price-wise. am I wrong here?


By Joepublic2 on 10/18/2006 5:32:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. I have a 6300 (1860Mhz) @ 2870Mhz (passed dual prime at 3325Mhz with a friend's DDR2-1000). At default vcore (1.325v), it reaches 60C dual prime95 with the stock cooler (which is perfectly fine). Both cores are prime stable with 1.2v @ 2870Mhz; it doesn't break 52C with the stock heatsink's fan only spinning up halfway. My results aren't atypical, either.


By Pirks on 10/18/2006 8:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
well, if this is really easy to hit 3 GHz with E6300 on air... I guess I should try it then. or maybe wait a little till 65nm athlons are out and see if it's gonna be as easy to hit 3GHz with them as well. thanks anyway, I'll try to find info on some soft OC setups where you can change CPU/RAM/GPU clocks right in windows w/o reboot so that I'd be able to OC system for some heavy game but run it slow and quiet most of the time (i.e. when I don't play) - any thoughts/advice on that aspect?


By Jedi2155 on 10/20/2006 9:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
I remember Anandtech hit 4 GHz with a ES E6600 on Air (Sunbeam's Tunic Tower 120 Cooler). I've found that one should be able to easily hit 3 GHz with a good motherboard and good air cooling.


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