Intel stays on the fast track: A few months after the launch of the Intel Core 2 Duo is now bringing the first quad-core processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 has four cores while, a clock frequency of 2.66 GHz and 8 MB total L2 cache that sounds good, but more cores are not always better. The strengths and weaknesses of a multicore system depend on the particular software being used, we show you the possibilities that arise with the "Kentsfield" Core 2 Quad called the Extreme series and what the drawbacks in the system compared to a normal dual-core processor.
For a long time you've heard anything new from AMD: Since the introduction of any new socket AM2 came on the market, there could be Intel does not assume to pass on the Netburst losing streak with a Core2 Duo, the new processors are not only faster than AMD's Athlon 64 X2 models, but also more energy efficient and to overclock very well. No wonder that the demand was high for the new dual-core Conroes umpteen and in a short time many of our readers - especially when it came to speed in games or performance for applications that make use of the two nuclei of the Conroes use could.
Before you take a deep breath now already can, of Kentfield comes on the market: Intel here uses the technique that you have already used for the Pentium D based on the Presler core, and placed two Core2 Duo processors in a processor package. This "multi-chip package" (MCP) included with the Pentium D, two Cedar Mill cores, Kentsfield when there are now two Conroe cores, the picture below shows this quite clearly, each half of the processor corresponds exactly to a recent Conroe core.
Intel launches the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor as new on the market, in the first quarter of 2007 will follow the Core 2 Quad, that is a mainstream quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz. By labeling a Processor "Extreme Series" as well as the pricing is already clear you have to scroll for such high-end processor on the counter, so the fun has to be worthwhile even if the performance .
You can see already, the two models are very similar - except for the 2x, which is found over most of the features Kentfield. Thus, even an 8 MB of L2 cache spoken, but in fact these are two separate 4MB L2 cache, so no large 8 MB shared L2 cache, the two cores are connected via the FSB, which is at 1066 MHz as fast as before.