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Intel unveils Core 2 Quad Q6600

Intel unveils Core 2 Quad Q6600

Core 2 Quad Q6600 launches today and is already rumoured to be getting a significant price cut in Q2 07.

According to Tech Report, Intel unveiled its Core 2 Quad Q6600 this morning - the company's second quad-core processor for desktop PCs.

The Core 2 Quad Q6600 slots in right below Intel's flagship Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor and comes with exactly the same feature set as that chip. However, there is one exception: the multiplier is locked on the Q6600 with it not being an 'Extreme' processor.

It comes clocked at 2.4GHz using a 266MHz (quad-pumped) front side bus and comes with a pair of 4MB L2 caches. This is the same as the QX6700, the Q6600 is a pair of Core 2 Duo processors on a single package, known by most as the Kentsfield 'die'.

One benefit that the Q6600 has is a much more reasonable TDP rating. The QX6700 has a TDP rating of 130W - the Q6600's TDP has been reduced to 105W as a result of the 266MHz reduction in core speed.

On the pricing front, Intel has introduced the chip with a US$851 price tag (in 1000-unit quantities). DailyTech suggests that the chip will be reduced to US$530 in the second quarter of this year.

We don't have performance data for the Q6600 just yet, but we will be bringing you that in the near future. In tasks that don't take advantage of the four cores, you'll see similar performance to what we've already seen using Intel's Core 2 Duo E6600, and in heavily threaded applications, we will see slightly lower performance than Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700.

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r4tch3t 8th January 2007, 11:02 Quote
Hmmm, depending on the price I may just get one of these, unless AMD has its quad out by the end of Q2?
David_Fitzy 8th January 2007, 12:34 Quote
ooo nice, too expensive and not native though
samkiller42 8th January 2007, 14:14 Quote
I might have to get me one of these, price dependant of course :D

Sam
DXR_13KE 8th January 2007, 15:04 Quote
no native quad core = no buy.
Mother-Goose 8th January 2007, 15:08 Quote
oooo come to papa!
WarMachine 8th January 2007, 18:29 Quote
Probably a dumb question, but what do you mean by "native"? As in the doubling of dual cores as opposed to a quad core chip designed from the ground up?
Cthippo 8th January 2007, 21:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by WarMachine
Probably a dumb question, but what do you mean by "native"? As in the doubling of dual cores as opposed to a quad core chip designed from the ground up?

Exactly. A native quad core chip will have four seperate cores woking together in a dedicated architecture, as opposed to two dual cores kludged together.

I'm really not in any hurry to upgrade, but when i di it will be AMD all the way.
Hugo 8th January 2007, 21:42 Quote
Well 4x4 isn't exactly what I'd call native. I just wish Intel could stop using the damn FSB and go hypertransport (Well, Intel branded equivilent)
specofdust 8th January 2007, 21:47 Quote
Not native, but still cool. Best thing about quad(even non-native) is that it should push down C2D prices which means we can all get better cores.
Snafu-X- 8th January 2007, 22:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
Not native, but still cool. Best thing about quad(even non-native) is that it should push down C2D prices which means we can all get better cores.

Amen to that. A mortgage and kids means I can never buy the top of the line stuff. Buy buying one step down, I've gotten some awesome deals and some pretty darn good systems over the years!5t7t

Native quad core would get my attention though!
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