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Intel introduces Core 2 Quad Q6600, Xeon X3220 and X3210

Intel started shipping three new quad-core processors on Friday night. The three quad-core processors include the mainstream Core 2 Quad Q6600 and single processor workstation and server Xeon X3220 and X3210.

Intel Kentsfield Core 2 Quad
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
Launch Price
Q2'07
Q6600
2.40GHz 1066MHz $851 $530

The Core 2 Quad Q6600 slots right below the current king-of-the-hill Core 2 Extreme QX6700 which launched two months ago. It’s clocked slightly lower at 2.4 GHz and features 1066 MHz front-side bus. L2 cache size remains at 8MB like the Core 2 Extreme X6800. Pricing will be $851 per unit in 1,000 unit quantities with a price drop to $530 expected in Q2’2007. Online retailer ZipZoomFly currently has the Core 2 Quad Q6600 in stock for $989.99.

Intel Kentsfield Xeon
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
Launch Price Q2'07
X3220 2.40GHz 1066MHz $851 $530
X3210 2.13GHz 1066MHz $690 $425

Joining the current Xeon 3000 series of processors are the new quad-core Xeon X3200 series. These processors are based on the same Kentsfield core as the Core 2 Quad and quad-core Core 2 Extreme processors. The Xeon X3220 will be identical to the Core 2 Quad Q6600 albeit with Xeon branding. Slotted right below the Xeon X3220 is the X3210 which is clocked at 2.13 GHz. This model retains the same 1066 MHz front-side bus and 8MB of L2 cache as the other Kentsfield based processors.

Pricing for the Xeon X3220 is identical to the Core 2 Quad Q6600 at $851 per unit in 1,000 unit quantities with an expected price drop to $530 in Q2’2007. The lower clocked Xeon X3210 is priced at $690 per unit per 1,000 unit quantities with an expected price drop to $425 in Q2’2007.

In addition, Intel's single-core Allendale E4300 will also make its debut this week.


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RE: What's the point?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 1/7/2007 3:23:09 AM , Rating: 2
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If they are going to have those 2 chips essentially the same they might as well don't realease the xeon version. Saves marketing cost too.If they are going to have those 2 chips essentially the same they might as well don't realease the xeon version. Saves marketing cost too.


Same with the old socket 939 1xx Opterons. These 1P Xeons and the 1P Opterons are just a niche market the chip companies can charge more on.


RE: What's the point?
By Hypernova on 1/7/2007 3:41:49 AM , Rating: 2
But they are priced identiaclly and the fall price too.


RE: What's the point?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 1/7/2007 3:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
Sure at the chip level. But if I can sell Xeon-based workstations (a well established brand) versus Core 2 Duo-based workstations (zomg I thought that was for laptops!?!), what do you think an IT guy is more likely to side with?


RE: What's the point?
By Lakku on 1/7/2007 3:54:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I figure that if it was a real IT guy/gal, they would know the situation and know they are essentially the exact same chip. I mean, would you want an IT person who bought something soley on name and not on any kind of research? I thought that was what the IT section fat AT and DT were for, keeping IT people on top of the game. :-p


RE: What's the point?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 1/7/2007 3:57:52 AM , Rating: 5
This chip is aimed at the six IT people who don't read DT :)


RE: What's the point?
By GaryJohnson on 1/7/2007 1:31:03 PM , Rating: 5
I'm frequently surprised by how poorly the many sys admins and IT pros I meet keep up with the tech news that is relevant to their careers.

Some people thirst for knowledge; others thirst for lemonade.


RE: What's the point?
By bob661 on 1/7/2007 2:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Some people thirst for knowledge; others thirst for lemonade.
LOL! Good one.


RE: What's the point?
By ipwnurmom on 1/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: What's the point?
By bokep on 1/7/2007 5:09:12 PM , Rating: 1
Coming from "ipwnurmom"


RE: What's the point?
By mindless1 on 1/8/2007 9:29:00 AM , Rating: 4
Most sysadmins or IT people are actively servicing their clients, not rubbernecking the latest hardware releases- which with the wealth of hardware released, could be a full time job in itself.

Truth is, most businesses aren't interested in perpetual upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware. Their tech people are spending the time on the tech info relevant to their service of their clients. Same shoe doesn't fit everyone.


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