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New Intel Quad-Core Chip Makes Its Debut

November 3, 2006 2:24 PM

If you were just getting comfortable with all the terminology, features and benefits related to Intel's Core 2 dual core processors, get ready to get uncomfortable all over again: Intel has just introduced it's first version of a quad-core processor -- the high-end Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700.

At a suggested retail price of $999, the QX6700 is mainly for ever-tech hungry early adopters and power users. The chip boasts four cores running at a  2.66GHz-per-core clock speed, and two separate 4MB L2 cache allotments -- giving each pair of cores a 4MB cache pool to draw on.

On the heels of the chip announcement, Dell and Gateway let loose that they are building two PCs that incorporate the QX6700. Dell's system is the Quad-Core XPS 710 -- basically the same system as the dual core XPS 700, but with a more turbocharged graphics setup and, of course, the new chip. The new Quad-Core Gateway FX530XL boasts a superb array of components for a sticker price apparently under $4,000.

According to Intel's quad-core release schedule, we should see more plebian, and less expensive, versions of the chip for sale sometime in the first quarter of 2007 -- and a host of new home and business PCs incorporating the technology. Continue Reading...

With the new Core 2 Duo processor line setting new benchmarks and achieving the mantle of the fastest-ramping product in the company’s history, with 5 million units shipped since it was introduced less than 60 days ago, Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the company's plans today at the Intel Developer Forum to deliver the industry’s first quad core processors for PCs and high-volume servers.

The first processor, targeted at gamers and content creators, will be shipped in November and be called the Intel® Core™2 Extreme quad-core processor. It supposedly will feature a dramatic 70 percent performance improvement over today’s Intel Core 2 Extreme processor. The company’s mainstream quad-core processor will be shipped in the first quarter of 2007 and will be called the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor. For servers, the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5300 series brand for dual processor servers will be shipped this year, and a new low-power 50-watt Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor L5310 for blade servers that will be shipped in the first quarter of 2007.

According to Otellini, Intel was the first to implement advanced 65nm silicon manufacturing technology in 2005, integrating power-saving features into the process that was critical to delivering power-efficiency at the transistor level. Continue Reading...

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