Intel Introduces Second Core 2 Duo Stepping
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 16, 2007 1:07 AM
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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
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’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.
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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RE: E6850 vs. Q6600 - same price, which performs better?
7/16/2007 11:34:52 PM
Thanks Martimus - you're exactly right. I think I just made a mistake in the posting. I was actually considering the Intel P35 even for the Q6600 - namely on the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P - since that looks like a great deal for the money, even over a tried & true P965 motherboard. I'd probably never upgrade to a 1333 FSB processor due to the minimal performance gains I've read about, but it's nice to know that I could run a 45nm CPU if I wanted to at some point.
Be sure to check out that Anandtech article linked a few times in this thread before you make the call on your system - I found it very helpful.
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