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Intel QX6800 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-April-2007  19:03:52 (GMT +10) - by Rational

There has been news flying around the Internet for the last couple of days about the Intel Quad Core QX6800 with four 2.93GHz cores.

Here is Intel's official press release - Intel Corporation today advanced its enthusiast-level quad-core processor family with the introduction of the Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processor QX6800, the company's twelfth quad-core processor offering. Running at 2.93 GHz -- the fastest native clock speed yet reached with the Intel® Core™ microarchitecture for the quad-core desktop

Anandtech have posted some more information on it - If you go to school for marketing, there's undoubtedly a lesson about announcing products too early while you still have older inventory to sell. Two weeks ago, Intel unveiled its plans for Penryn and Nehalem, the successors to Conroe, in the most forward looking disclosure we've ever seen from the company. We couldn't be happier with the way Intel has been handling itself ever since the demise of NetBurst and the Pentium 4, but admittedly it's incredibly difficult to get excited about a Kentsfield speed bump in the interim.

Here is Extremetechs roundup - The news here isn't that Intel is releasing a higher-clock-rate version of the quad-core Core 2 processor. Anyone who's gotten their hands on the previous Core 2 Extreme QX6700 knows that pushing it to 3.2GHz is almost commonplace. If Gateway and Dell can ship overclocked systems in volume, then the CPU clearly has some headroom. So Intel's shipping and supporting the new QX6800 version of its quad-core CPU at 2.93GHz is almost a yawner.

Dailytech posted a quick roundup - Intel today bumped the clock speeds of its quad-core Core 2 Extreme processors with the addition of the QX6800. The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 clocks in at 2.93 GHz, matching last summer’s dual-core flagship X6800.

HardwareLogic has tested a QX6800 based system pre-overclocked to 3.6GHz - Hot on the heels of Easter Sunday, Intel drops a golden egg in the form of their fastest quad-core processor to date, the QX6800. Before the dust can even settle on this new part, CyberPower has added the 2.93GHz slice of Silicon to their high end gaming configurations, and we managed to sneak more than just a peek at a fully decked out rig, complete with a factory overclock.

Hexus have tested the CPU - Intel knows that, on balance, it has the performance lead for both dual- and quad-core CPUs, so it's in no rush to launch the enhanced Core microarchitecture (Penryn) before it's good and ready. Intel could simply wait for the arrival of AMD's quad-core Barcelona SKU and hit back with a faster-clocked version of its quad-core Kentsfield core, or, knowing that the Extreme series is more about prestige and brand visibility than volume sales and profits, launch another QX6x00 now.

HotHardware have also tested the CPU - Hot on the heels of the holiday weekend, Intel is launching a new flagship quad-core processor targeted at hardcore power users and PC enthusiasts. As its name implies, the new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has frequency parity with its dual-core counterpart, the Core 2 Extreme X6800 - sans the "Q". At 2.93GHz this makes the Core 2 Extreme QX6800 Intel's highest clocked quad-core desktop processor to date.

The Inquirer have posted some thoughts and some benchmarks - INTEL HAS CHOSEN Easter Sunday to launch its latest product known by the full name as Core 2 Extreme QX6800, displacing its predecessor's dual-core X6800 and quad-core QX6700. Most enthusiasts will however, just name this model Kentie at 2.93 GHz.

TheTechReport have ran a whole bunch of benchmarks - DO YOU KNOW the one about the rabbi, the chimp, the Catholic priest, and the jar of peanut butter? No? Neither do I, which is a shame, because I could use some filler material right about now. You see, I have to write a review of the Core 2 Extreme QX6800 processor. It's not that this CPU is a boring subject per se; this is, after all, a quad-core monster that runs at 2.93GHz and costs a whopping twelve hundred dollars. It's just that the previous fastest CPU on the planet was its predecessor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, and the competition from AMD wasn't really all that close—especially once you figure in things like power consumption, motherboard selection, and overall system costs.

And finally there is a thread discussing this here on our forums.

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