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Intel's Core 2 Extreme X7800 comes multiplier unlocked

DailyTech first brought you news of Intel's range-topping Core 2 Extreme X7800 processor in late January. The Merom-based processor is clocked at 2.6GHz, has an 800MHz FSB and features an alphabet soup of technologies including VT, EIST and EM64T.

Intel officially announced the Core 2 Extreme X7800 yesterday. This marks the first time that the "Extreme" nomenclature has made its way over to Intel's mobile processors.

And although battery life and heat are typical concerns of notebook users, the new Core 2 Extreme X7800 will find its way into desktop replacement notebooks that will likely be tethered to a wall outlet 24-7. As a result, Intel has unlocked the multiplier on the processor. So those who have no qualms about overclocking a mobile processor are now free to do so.

According to Engadget, a Belgian site has already pushed a Core 2 Extreme X7800 to 3.0GHz using an Asus G2S host machine.

The overclocking goodness will cost you, however. The processor will be priced at $851 in quantities of 1,000 when it hits the streets in the coming weeks.

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By mdogs444 on 7/16/2007 8:48:26 AM , Rating: 2
$851? Geez, if its only for DTR notebooks, why wouldnt you pop in a Q6600 for much cheaper? Or is it more of a heat issue with the Quads?

Also, wouldn't the overclocking ability be primarily based on the motherboard & bios - not the processor?

RE: Ouch
By Brandon Hill on 7/16/2007 8:59:18 AM , Rating: 4
IIRC, the best option when overclocking a processor is by changing the multiplier.

All other Merom-based mobile processors have featured a locked multiplier.

So while it was likely possible to overclock by using the FSB within BIOS it also means overclocking your memory. And I don't know of many "boutique" notebook memory modules that support heavy overclocking.

RE: Ouch
By Mathijs Moonen on 7/16/2007 11:44:40 AM , Rating: 2
And that's per 1000, so guess what a single processor will cost on the market.

RE: Ouch
By stromgald on 7/16/2007 11:57:33 AM , Rating: 2
The prices per 1000 and what is sold in online retailers is not much different. I wouldn't expect more than maybe a 1-3% initial markup at most($25 for an $850 chip) with online retailers. After a month or so, the prices usually come down to where the price per 1000 is at.

RE: Ouch
By AggressorPrime on 7/16/2007 4:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
There is still a big difference in power requirements between the mobile extremes and the desktops.

Heat protection
By luhar49 on 7/16/2007 12:12:56 PM , Rating: 3
Be prepared to have some extra layer of protection between this laptop and your lap top. Once overclocked, it will be one hot beast.

RE: Heat protection
By phaxmohdem on 7/16/2007 2:00:07 PM , Rating: 1
It's all part of the Republican conspiracy to sterilize the liberals so they can control the series of tubes.

RE: Heat protection
By mdogs444 on 7/16/2007 2:08:31 PM , Rating: 4
Where do i sign up to help?

RE: Heat protection
By phaxmohdem on 7/16/2007 2:20:09 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure, I'm just repeating what I heard on Fox news :P

RE: Heat protection
By Samus on 7/16/2007 3:16:13 PM , Rating: 2

About time...
By TheRequiem on 7/16/2007 11:42:58 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, this is great news and all, but where are the notebook announcements to go along with it? I want to order a notebook with one of these bad boys in it... I've been waiting forever. So let's see some announcements and pre-orders already for crying out loud! And an m8800 would be nice too!

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