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    IDF :: Intel's Quad Core plans

    In November we'll see a Core2 Extreme part, clocked at 2.67GHz, with a model name of QX6700. Come Q1 of 2007 Core2Quad mainstream parts will make an appearance, with 2.16GHz and 2.4GHz parts appearing.
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    AMD will be sobbing at stories like this I think.

    I've heard that 4x4 will not match up to this Kentsfield beast, is that what we should expect?

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    i wonder how much one of those extreme ones will cost then? and i wonder how soon in Q1 they will arrive?

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    I've not been following the Quad core thing too closely (Dual core is pretty new to me, not used my AM2 in anger yet). Are these drop in replacements for Core2Duo parts? if so, isn't memory bandwidth going to be a complete nightmare?

    Despite my new box being a dual processor machine of sorts (something i have wanted for years and years), i still want a dual socket system with dual core or quad core chips

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    I've not been following the Quad core thing too closely (Dual core is pretty new to me, not used my AM2 in anger yet). Are these drop in replacements for Core2Duo parts?
    Yes, subject to the usual caveats about compatible motherboards, power supply and a BIOS reflash.

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    ... if so, isn't memory bandwidth going to be a complete nightmare?
    It is possible to avoid most memory bandwidth issues by increasing the amount of cache on the CPU die, that is why Intel CPUs have had much more cache than competing AMD models in recent years.

    Think of it another way, in any computer there is the CPU, and a chain of memory devices of varying speeds and capacities. Data is transferred from the largest and slowest device (The hard disc), through a series of other memory devices (RAM, L2 Cache, L1 Cache, CPU registers), transformed by the CPU before being sent back down the chain.

    The Speed ratio between each pair of devices on the chain dictates how large each needs to be for the most cost effective computing performance. For example, if your hard disc interface is fast, then you can save money on RAM by using virtual memory instead. In Intel’s case, the interface between the L2 cache and RAM is comparatively slow, so they have more L2 cache to compensate. The extra L2 cache costs more than the smaller amount on a competing AMD chip, but it is not a fatal performance problem except in synthetic benchmarks, just a small extra cost.


    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Despite my new box being a dual processor machine of sorts (something i have wanted for years and years), i still want a dual socket system with dual core or quad core chips
    You will be needing one of these Prices start at only $25,995

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrestomanci View Post
    You will be needing one of these Prices start at only $25,995
    sweeeeeeeet! Well thats only £13,773....i'll get two

    But seriously, something like this with two quad core parts (lets not argue about whether they would work just yet ) is definitely feasable.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=377772

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    i wonder how much one of those extreme ones will cost then? and i wonder how soon in Q1 they will arrive?
    AFAIK they are bringing out the "extreme" one first and reading elsewhere it will be available in November priced at $999 (each) for 1,000 units. Shame, I think I can only justify the 1

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    it will be some time before quad-core becomes useful to anyone but the 'megatasker'.

    i am quite content buying a 6600 in the near future.

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