Intel Readies Core 2 Extreme QX6850
Anh Tuan Huynh
April 17, 2007 1:11 PM
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Intel's quad-core receives a 1333 MHz front-side bus upgrade
Intel plans to
dual-core processors in Q3’2007. The planned
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
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
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
price cuts in Q3’2007.
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4/18/2007 6:26:48 PM
Recently I have found that prices for high-end products are getting higher and higher. For instance, Custom PC claimed that high-end graphics cards used to be around £200, caps. Recently that has risen to about £500. CPUs are taking the same route. Although this means that every consumer has a product, which will suit them, I can't help but think that 'Ultra high-end' will simply become 'high-end', with people needing to spend excess of £300 for decent components.
My geforce 8800 gts cost £240 and even that can't run current games at highest everything. Armed Assault, 3dmark 2006... these can slow it down to as little as 10-20 fps.
I don't know what I'm trying to say here, but I had to let it be known that prices for high end products are getting higher and higher, which could make what would have been high end prices a couple of years ago only deliver mid range performance. In my opinion, unless you have £200 to spend on a graphics card or processor, you're better off simply getting a £100 model and overclocking it, as high end components have begun rising in price. For instance, when released, the ATI radeon X800 Pro cost £228 and the X800 XT cost £285 (Bear in mind these are from a computer magazine, prices online would have been cheaper). These prices seem reserved compared to the latest Geforce 8800 GTX models.
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