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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 Goty on 4/17/2007 2:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
$999 processors are not made to be sold in large numbers, they're made to say, "Look, I have a bigger e-penis than you do!" It's all about marketing.

RE: 999 price is getting old
By rippleyaliens on 4/17/07, Rating: 0
RE: 999 price is getting old
By FITCamaro on 4/17/2007 7:38:24 PM , Rating: 2
Feel free to send me some hard drives.

RE: 999 price is getting old
By Dactyl on 4/17/2007 8:06:15 PM , Rating: 2
There are professionals (engineers, graphics people, etc.) for whom the difference between a $1000 CPU and a $500 CPU is more than $500 in productivity/year.

So it makes perfect sense for some people to have those CPUs.

It's not all about being the baddest gamer.

Of course, that's what I think this is all about. The little kid who whine about high prices was really whining that it's not fair he only has a 7600GT and 20" LCD while some other gamers have 2x8800GT and 30". That's life, kid. I heard there are villages in Africa where kids don't even have 6150 graphics.

RE: 999 price is getting old
By Goty on 4/17/2007 10:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
Right, I agree with that, but those engineers and graphic designers aren't a respectable segment of the market. All the money is made in the mainstream segment, where Joe Consumer says, "Oh, I hear Intel has the fastest desktop processor in the world. This Core2Duo must be faster than (insert random CPU name here)."

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