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?
7/18/2007 1:10:41 AM
I am suggesting the Quad Core for the following reason.
We are both into Video Editing and Development. This means that although Dual core seems attractive, most programs now are optimized for Dual Core, without being able to actually select wether or not you want to use a Single Core or not.
What this means is that some Heavy Programs now ask for 2 cores.....Adobe Studio CS 3 asks for 2 cores per program. This means its good to go Quad Core, then buy an AfterMarket Cooler and Overclock from 2.4ghz to 3.6ghz
I currently use an E6300 as well.
What you should think about is that although on dual core, we can overclock....Since programs now take 2 cores to be "effective" that a Dual Core merely replaces a Single Core and a Quad Core now really replaces a Dual Core.
In the end, now instead of having 1 program run on 1 core, you have 1 program running on 2 cores and if your favorite programs are ever optimized for 4 cores, you will have the problem that all the cores will be used and everything else loaded into memory afterwards will cause a performance hit.
We can overclock as much as we want, but overclocking doesnt increase the number of cores you have. The more cores, the better in a world that is evolving in the way it is.
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