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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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easy upgrade to quad core
By jay75 on 1/7/2007 5:58:47 AM , Rating: 2
if one chooses the correct motherboard today i guess sometime down the line(when prices are reasonable), one can merely plop in a quadcore in place of the dual-core and double one's speed instead of upgrading the mobo and ram as one would currently need to do.




RE: easy upgrade to quad core
By Jeff7181 on 1/7/2007 8:27:04 AM , Rating: 2
Prices are already reasonable (IMO) if you can put 4 cores to use. The "problem" is not many people can put that many cores to use due to the lack of multi-threaded applications. I mean, besides multi-media work (video, images, audio) what else can use that much CPU power? Games... uhhhh... voice recognition? I can't think of anything else a mainstream user would need all that power for.


RE: easy upgrade to quad core
By michal1980 on 1/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: easy upgrade to quad core
By Ringold on 1/7/2007 4:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call that new part 'reasonable' yet at nearly $1k @ ZZF.

But that upcoming price drop? That'll make it a beauty, I think, and probably the gold-standard part for enthusiast computer. Decent price point, slower single-core performance but quad core at that price makes it sweet. Add to that the C2D's nice OC record, and.. there ya go.

I'll probably get an E6600, OC it, then when the price drops on that later in the year, make the swap. Especially if I can start recording HDTV in Vista (through legal means or not, since apparently only pre-builts will be able to, and pre-builts are for women and the lazy).


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