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Intel's quad-core receives a 1333 MHz front-side bus upgrade

Intel plans to refresh its Conroe-based dual-core processors in Q3’2007. The planned Conroe refresh includes a faster 1333 MHz front-side bus for the dual-core processor. Intel’s latest roadmap unveils details of a front-side bus increase for its quad-core processors.

The quad-core 1333 MHz front-side-bus upgrade is initially limited to Intel’s Core 2 Extreme. Intel expects to debut its Core 2 Extreme QX6850 next quarter to the tune of 3.0 GHz, similar to the upcoming Core 2 Duo E6850. The Kentsfield 65nm core forms the basis of Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX6850, as with its other quad-core products.

Aside from the front-side bus speed bump, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 shares similar characteristics as the previously released QX6800. The new quad-core processor will have 8MB of L2 cache and support for Intel’s Virtualization, Enhanced Memory 64, XD bit technologies.

Expect the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 to arrive next quarter with pricing set at $999 per-unit, in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel also plans aggressive quad-core and dual-core price cuts in Q3’2007.

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RE: 999 price is getting old
By IcY18 on 4/17/2007 1:26:11 PM , Rating: 5
Wow, What you said is quite opposite of the truth. If anything it was AMD that was price gouging with their processors. Because they held the performance crown all there performance processors were $500 or above with of course there FX-line topping out at $1200. Both Intel and AMD bring out their most expensive chips at the price they think the market will accept.
If anything it was Intel that, when they brought in their new line of Core 2 Duos, drastically reduced the avg price for a good performance chip. With many of them under $500 for a quality part. With no chips in the 700-800 , Intel gave you good performance at a low price, and the ultimate performance at a high price, range it would have been stupid to ever consider buying a X6800 at $999 unless you were the ultimate enthusiast with the cash to do it in which that price doesn't effect you at all.

Now AMD is just cutting prices cause that is the only way they can compete, and no AMD is still not making profit from these price cuts. Just check out there quarterly profits. So in the end we can thank Intel for bringing AMD to their senses, and now we can all enjoy the lower avg prices and higher performance chips that are available.

RE: 999 price is getting old
By JamRockaz on 4/17/2007 2:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
Here here

RE: 999 price is getting old
By smilingcrow on 4/17/2007 6:54:20 PM , Rating: 3
'999 price is getting old'.

With inflation I would hope that these prices would go up; $999 is so 20th century.

RE: 999 price is getting old
By darkavatar on 4/18/2007 12:53:17 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, considering inflation $999 is really a bargain XD

RE: 999 price is getting old
By Hydrofirex on 4/17/07, Rating: -1
RE: 999 price is getting old
By GlassHouse69 on 4/17/2007 9:42:07 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, price cutting so deep they dont make a profit!



they are still making a profit. They just raped you prior to this with insane profit.

RE: 999 price is getting old
By Hydrofirex on 5/2/2007 7:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
Then duh, don't buy it! As a wise man once stated. Something is worth ONLY what someone else will pay for it.


RE: 999 price is getting old
By redbone75 on 4/18/2007 3:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. How long did it take for the now lowly X2 3800+ to drop from $300? Even when Intel had dual-core processors available for much less, AMD was comfortable in the fact they had the performance crown so they could charge much more. Now, in the post-Core 2 age, AMD's processors are far more accessible. I'm hoping AMD's next chips will put a little squeeze on Intel so we can get cheaper Core 2s. Ain't competition grand!

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