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Intel's newest 1333 MHz front-side bus processors take the center stage

Intel today announced a new lineup of 1333 MHz front-side bus dual and quad-core processors. The new Intel 1333 MHz front-side bus lineup consists of three dual-core and one quad-core processors. The dual-core lineup features the new Core 2 Duo E6550, E6750 and E6850.

Intel clocks the lowest Core 2 Duo E6550 at 2.33 GHz, which slots between the previous 2.13 GHz E6400 and 2.4 GHz E6600. Intel does not have a 1333 MHz front-side bus Core 2 Duo E64xx or E66xx planned. Intel intros the Core 2 Duo E6550 at $163, below the current retail prices of the Core 2 Duo E6400.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6x50
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSB Pricing
E68503.0 GHz 4MB1333 MHz
$266
E67502.66 GHz 4MB 1333 MHz
$183
E65502.33 GHz 4MB 1333 MHz
$163

The middle of the 1333 MHz front-side bus consists of the Core 2 Duo E6750. Intel prices the Core 2 Duo E6750 at $183, $20 more than the E6550. The extra $20 yields a 330 MHz higher clock speed. Intel’s Core 2 Duo E6850 fills the top of the dual-core lineup. The Core 2 Duo E6850 raises the clock speed another 330 MHz to 3.0 GHz. The increased clock speed comes at an extra $83.

Intel Quad-core
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSBQ3'07
Pricing
QX68503.0 GHz 8MB1333 MHz
$999
Q67002.66 GHz 8MB  1066 MHz
$530

Intel’s Core 2 Extreme receives a 1333 MHz front-side bus makeover as well. The new Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is the only quad-core processor to transition to a 1333 MHz front-side bus. Intel clocks the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 at 3 GHz, a slight increase over the QX6800’s 2.93 GHz clock speed. The Core 2 Extreme QX6850 has a $999 price tag.

Also launching today is a new Core 2 Quad processor, albeit with a 1066 MHz front-side bus. The new Core 2 Quad Q6700 clocks in at 2.66 GHz, similar to the previous Core 2 Extreme QX6700. Intel debuts the Core 2 Quad Q6700 at $530.

Intel Quad-core
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSBJuly 22
Pricing
QX6800 2.93 GHz 8MB1066 MHz
$999
Q6600 2.40 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$266

Despite the new product introductions, there are no price cuts on existing products today. Nevertheless, Intel plans to cut prices on most dual and quad-core products next week. When the new price cuts go into effect, the entry-level Core 2 Quad Q6600 drops down to $266, matching the Core 2 Duo E6850 in price.

Expect the new Core 2 1333 MHz front-side bus processors to pop up in retailers immediately.


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By skaaman on 7/16/2007 11:23:29 AM , Rating: 2
Your question and other interesting post price cut comparisons answered here. Very timely. Nice article Anand.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc...


By Anh Huynh on 7/16/2007 11:30:09 AM , Rating: 2
This page pretty much sums up everything:

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc...

Higher clocks for games, more cores for rendering and other professional work.


By InsaneGain on 7/16/2007 11:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
That's what it looks like right now, but I wonder if current games just aren't programmed to take advantage of multiple cores but games coming out soon will get huge performance increases from quad cores.


By Justin Case on 7/17/2007 6:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
If by "performance increases" you mean more frames per second, then no, they won't (not much, anyway). If you mean "better AI", "more realistic physics", and so on, then yes, they will.

It's like the digger metaphor:

If 1 man digs 1 hole in 60 seconds...

a) 60 men can dig 1 hole in 1 second.

b) 60 men can dig 60 holes in 60 seconds.

For highly specific kinds of "hole", a) might be true, but in most cases the benefits will be closer to b).


By MrBungle on 7/16/2007 11:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
Very cool! This is exactly what I was looking for - thanks for posting.


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