Intel's Affordable Quad-Core Chip for Desktops Due in Days?

Intel Corp., the largest maker of x86 microprocessors on the globe, is expected to release its new quad-core processor for desktops in days, at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The release of chip will allow Intel Corp. to further increase its competitive advantage over arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 chip is expected to run at 2.40GHz, come with 8MB L2 cache and use 1066MHz processor system bus. The new microprocessor is projected to cost $851, which is much higher than that of premium dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo 6700 chip, which costs $530, but is still lower compared to $999 the chipmaker charges for its "extreme" versions of its Core 2 microprocessors with two or four cores.

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Don't forget that there's the potential advantage of running up to 4 CPU-intensive applications at once... or just 2 with a 3rd core handling OS functions, services and smaller programs in memory. The latter is probably where most people will use the extra cores the most, especially on systems that have a lot of background applications always running in memory.

I will wait until next christmas when Dell makes a "price mistake" on a quad machine

as someone pointed out this makes the dual cores cheaper...great news

Yes you can install XP on it. I got a friend which runs both 32-bit and 64-bit winXP on the Quad Core, and it runs like a charm!

But you won't be able to install XP on it... The licenses are designed to work with 1-2 CPU (it was written on the first COA Stickers). I don't know if Vista will offer support for it yet. Time will tell...

But I guess that for the moment you'd have to use a server OS.

Quote - Gobelet said @ #1
But you won't be able to install XP on it... The licenses are designed to work with 1-2 CPU (it was written on the first COA Stickers). I don't know if Vista will offer support for it yet. Time will tell...

But I guess that for the moment you'd have to use a server OS.

Use your brain, thats physical processors not processor cores.

I have the QX6700 (Quad Core processor) and I'm happily running Windows XP Pro.

I think most of the people are going to stay with Core 2 Duo for one more year, and only from 2008 people will be starting to buy Core 2 Quad chips, or even maybe from the mid of 2008 when INTEL release it's 45nm CPUs.

Will it bring down the prices of Core2 duos? Even a tad bit will be good news for me as I'll be purchasing a new laptop next month.

Well you see, these processors eat little snacks called bits and bytes, then they crap in your computer and leave all these little droppings. So every once in a while you should clean the processor crap out of your computer.

ok heres the thing. can i install a quad-core, even a dual core on my motherboard that currently has a Pentium 4 3.0Ghz HT? or do i have to have a motherboard that supports it?

i remember one of them, either AMD or Intel make them so they are on one chip rather than two seperate ones...either way can i get dual/quad core on my current mobo?

thanks...

-.statix

good for video processing I suppose. I know the beta versions of the XViD codec let you specify the number of threads to use. Thats the only place I can see this being useful.

Ya, that's cause a lot of Windows code is written with 2 threads... but never 4, or the 1 core CPU's would be as slow as a turtle.

Is there actually any applications (that people might actually use) that would take advantage of four cores? AFAIK not many take advantage of the two we currently have.

Quote - MrCobra said @ #1.2
The OS will do it. When I moved to dual core XP became more responsive as did most other programs.

I guess I'll find that out for myself when I upgrade from an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ to an AMD Athlon X2 4600+ in a few weeks time