Intel: Multi-Core Shipments Prevail over Single-Core

During a presentation at the Bank of America technology conference, Stacy Smith, vice president and assistant of chief financial officer at Intel, announced that in Q4 2006 over 50% of the CPUs that the company shipped in the fourth quarter contained two or more cores. The world's biggest supplier of x86 microprocessor is essentially spitting out more multi-core chips than single-cores. Intel's multi-core product line-up includes Core 2 Duo chips for desktops and notebooks, Core 2 Extreme and Pentium D for desktop computers, Core Duo for mobile systems, Xeon processors for dual-socket and multi-socket computers, quad-core Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad chips for desktops and quad-core Xeon 5300-series for dual-processor servers. Intel's single-core offerings only consist of low-cost Celeron and Pentium 4 chips as well as Xeon processors.

News source: Xbit Laboratories

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To me this is more about marketing. For most "regular/office" users they couldn't tell the difference between duo or single for the apps that they run.

I actually thought the duo would single core processors price into the ground but that hasn't been the case. Actually they are priced competitively.

Surprising in a way but when I think about it I really shouldn't be. A few of my friends have been upgrading recently and every single one has gone dual core. I'll be upgrading in a few months myself and also going dual core (but i'll be using AMD as I have an athlon 64/athlon motherboard at the moment)

predator001 said,
Surprising in a way but when I think about it I really shouldn't be. A few of my friends have been upgrading recently and every single one has gone dual core. I'll be upgrading in a few months myself and also going dual core (but i'll be using AMD as I have an athlon 64/athlon motherboard at the moment)

Dualcore Amd here as well. We really should be seeing more support for Dualcore!