Last week, AMD talked about its desktop plans for the
upcoming year in Sunnyvale, California. Although AMD showed its upcoming
desktop processor running in single and dual-socket
configurations, the company chose not to announce an official launch date
for its next-generation desktop processors. According to Robert Rivet, AMD
executive vice president and CFO, however, AMD's next-generation
processors will be
ready by Christmas.
Despite how distant the possible December launch date of AMD's native quad-core
desktop processors may seem, Intel is already stepping up the competition and
will be instituting a series of aggressive price cuts in July. We originally
reported these major price cuts, which will be targeting Intel's quad-core desktop
processors, in March. At the time, we didn't know the official date of when
the price cuts would take place. We can confirm today that the price cuts will
take place on July 22.
quote: Since the Intel Developer Forum revelations, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700. which is the top-end part, has gained a name and the range has already expanded. Aside from the flagship QX6700, which takes over from the X6800 as Intel’s most extreme Extreme, there are already two more versions slated for more modest users, the Q6600 and Q6400, but their official release date, we're told, is Jan. 2007. We got our hands on all of them, and put them up against a variety of pretenders, from Core 2 Duo and Pentium D stable mates to AMD’s current dual-core finest. So read on to see if Intel’s Core 2 Extreme really is the processing powerhouse we were all expecting!