Intel Launches Core 2 Extreme QX6800

Intel has announced the quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6800, a CPU which clocks in at 2.93 GHz, matching last summer's dual-core flagship X6800. The chip features 8MB of L2 cache and an unlocked upper multiplier for overclocking goodness. As with the previous Core 2 Extreme QX6700 and Core 2 Quad Q6600, the new QX6800 shares the 65nm Kentsfieldcore. Unsurprisingly, the world's largest CPU manufacturer prices the new top of the line quad-core processor fairly high: at $1199, however, aggressive Q3'07 price cuts will drop the cost down to $999. The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 is Intel's fourth consumer quad-core processor, whereas AMD isn't set to introduce its upcoming Barcelona quad-core architecture until later this year. Intel expects to introduce 45nm Penryn-based processors in the second half of 2007.

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Come on, no applications (to date) are programmed to use all 4 cores. Check the benchmarks, they are the same as for the dual-core CPUs. Go ahead, buy it! It won't speed up your system if you already have a dual-core CPU.

Ever thought of using more than 1 program at once? I do it all the time and my dual-core is being stressed quite a bit..

Orange said,
Quad core i mean who needs it?

Encoding. Compression. Portage/GCC.

I wouldn't be surprised if. using one of these, OO.o would compile in less than an hour.

Orange said,
Quad core i mean who needs it?

3D rendering applications. Autocad. Photoshop can make use of it. Allan Wake and a few others. It may not sound like a lot, but developers are starting to do multicore developement.

I'm waiting until Barcelona is out to see what it offers and if it offers nothing then I will become an Intel man for the 1st time in over 20 years.