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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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By kilkennycat on 1/7/2007 6:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
For the many of us who do desktop video processing, pro, semi-pro or "home", quad-core on a desktop at a very reasonable price ($530 in Q2 !!) is a very big deal, and the large caches sweeten the pot when executing video-compression algorithms. The leading desktop-video editors (eg: Premiere or Final Cut)and other desktop-video processing programs are fully multicore/multiprocessor aware and make use of as many cores as are available.

Intel is on to a winner here.... deliberately increasing the pressure on AMD to cough up their next-gen quad-core (and dual-core) and forcing them to quote a volume-production price at launch... no premium-price development-cost recovery. Pressure on AMD's margins everywhere to stifle AMD's development money is Intel's strategy. And AMD has just shot themselves in the foot by borrowing a couple of billion $$ to buy ATi.. a really stupid move. They will be paying interest on this loan instead of investing it in fully-securing their processor technology. AMD had two very willing and highly-competent chip-set partners, nVidia and ATi. No need to rush into a ATi purchase at a time when it was critical to expand their manufacturing and shore up their future processor-development strategy against a re-invigorated Intel.


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