Intel refreshes Core 2 lineup, lowers prices

Written by Tim Smalley

July 16, 2007 // 12:13 p.m.

Tags: #1333 #2 #core #core-2-duo #core-2-extreme #core-2-quad #cuts #duo #e6550 #e6750 #e6850 #extreme #intel #price #quad #qx6850 #refresh

This morning, Intel announced its refresh to the successful Core 2 product range with a lineup of dual- and quad-core processors with a 1333MHz front side bus speed.

The lineup features three dual-core processors, E6850, E6750 and E6550 along with a new flagship quad-core processor, the QX6850.

Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is clocked at an impressive 3.0GHz and still fits inside Intel's 130W thermal design power specification. Being an "Extreme" edition, it not surprisingly comes with a hefty $999 USD price tag (~£600).

Lower down the range, Intel has also introduced the Q6700, which has exactly the same specifications as the QX6700 although there is now no unlocked upwards multiplier adjustment available. This comes priced at a healthy $530 USD (~£310) but isn't the healthiest quad-core processor available - that title goes to the Q6600, which weighs in at just $266 USD (~£150).

The Core 2 Duo E6850 comes in at the same price point as the Q6600, but is clocked 600MHz higher at 3.00GHz. The range is rounded off with the E6750, which we've already previewed, and the E6550, which is clocked down at 2.33GHz. These two processors come priced at $183 USD (~£110) and $163 USD (~£95) respectively and really drive the company's prices down in to the very tempting bracket.

Intel's Core 2 Duo E6850 has no competition in the dual-core market, as AMD's flagship dual-core processor costs just £106 (inc VAT), so it's left competing with the quad-core Q6600. This pricing will come into effect from July 22nd and we'll have the answers on which is the better of the two tomorrow.

For now, you can share your thoughts on the price cuts in the usual place.

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