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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
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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RE: Well, this totally sucks...
By Helbore on 10/18/2006 2:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't all processors "factory-overclocked processors?" I mean, if a chip performs well, it becomes a high-clocked CPU and is sold at a premium. If it performs poorly, it get a low clock rate and is sold as a budget CPU. They don't make lines of 2.33Ghz, 2.6Ghz and 3Ghz processors. They make one line and split them up according to the quality at which they come out (and many go in the bin!)

Overclocking is just us doing what the Intel (or AMD) QA department does, except we have different standards to work by. The pro QA dept is more stringent about compatibility and reliablity with other stock components and we run our QA tests with 12" high coolers and indusrial-strength fans, dipped in liquid nitrogen baths ;)

RE: Well, this totally sucks...
By Joepublic2 on 10/18/2006 5:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
While what you said is true, a lot of the time CPUs are clocked far below what they're capable of in order to create a market segment. Higher clocked processors aren't necessarily more expensive because they're one in a thousand; they're often expensive because they're not crippled out of the box like their lower clocked brethren.

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