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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
Launch Price
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
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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theres not really a future proof pc hardware today!
By slickr on 1/7/2007 7:07:48 AM , Rating: -1
well considering in Q3 intel will introduce DDR3 support, Q4 PCI-E 32x theres really no future proof part unlike the old days when my P3 with Riva TNT2 and 128mb samsung ram lasted me 5 years and i was abble to handle any game quite good, i even played Mafia on my P3 with pretty good settings!
And to compare it with my P4 2.8GHZ 800mhz FSB with FX5600 128mb and 2x512mb ram which im still using but it wasnt even 1 year when i had to play games on medium-low settings and now i can only play games on ultra low settings. So yeah no future proof PC.

By ss284 on 1/7/2007 12:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Well considering the 5600 was low end when it was released its not that surprising.

By Ringold on 1/7/2007 4:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're overestimating DDR3 and PCI-E 32x's impact.

Looking at AMD (for the sake that its recent memory), and boost from DDR to DDR2? Minimal.

AGP to PCI-E? Minimal.

Neither worth an upgrade.

And as for future proofing in general.. My 1.5yr or so old comp, X2 3800+ @2.6ghz and X800XL, is powering along quite fine. It plays all the modern games at quite decent settings.

If my mothers computer wasn't rapidly falling apart, I wouldn't be about to build a new computer. E6600 + 8800GTS, which I'll swap in one of these new Q6600's after their price drop. That will, I suspect, last another 1.5 - 2yrs.

How much longer do you expect high-end performance to last? I can see some of your problem was poor selection in the first place -- if that was a 2.8C then thats good but you were insane with that FX5600. Good component selection and reasonable expectations of performance over time along with a little bit of good investment (can't get low end thinking it'll be great in six months) can very easily yield a computer that'll be solid for 1.5 - 2yrs.. or longer, depending on your own preferences for performance.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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