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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 rcpmac on 4/17/2007 5:16:28 PM , Rating: 2
How does this chip differ from the chip in the 8-core Mac Pro that runs two Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Clovertown” processors which has been available for awhile now?

8-core processing
Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 series processors
Intel Core microarchitecture
8MB of L2 cache per processor (16MB total; each pair of cores shares 4MB)
64-bit data paths and registers
1.33GHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses

runs windows and/or mac osx natively

Less than $4000 about $3500 edu.


RE: 999 price is getting old
By coldpower27 on 4/17/2007 6:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
Clovertown's are certified for Dual Socket opteration while Kentsfield's aren't.

Intel's Skulltrail platform will bring Dual Socket with Lots of PCI-E lanes to the desktop enthusiast to compete directly with AMD's Quad FX.


RE: 999 price is getting old
By FITCamaro on 4/17/2007 7:32:58 PM , Rating: 4
They rip you off less than Apple.


RE: 999 price is getting old
By sxr7171 on 4/18/2007 12:01:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but still a better deal than those Voodoo PCs.


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