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Intel speeds up quad-core desktop processors

Posted: 12 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:quad-core chips? multicore processors? desktop processors?

Intel Corp. has introduced a faster quad-core desktop chip aimed at gaming fans, digital design professionals and computer enthusiasts.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 is the 12th chip in the quad-core product line and, at 2.93GHz, the fastest desktop processor in the lineup. The new product, built on Intel's 65nm process, has an 8Mbyte cache and supports a 1066MHz system bus. The chip costs $1,199.

In introducing the QX6800, Intel said it has worked with game developers in optimizing their entertainment products for the multicore processors. Games built through the joint engineering efforts include Crytek's Crysis, Gas Powered Games' Supreme Commander and Flagship's Hellgate London. Later this month, Microsoft plans to release the next version of Flight Simulator X, Service Pack One designed for the quad-core platform. Companies offering developer tools include Adobe, Cakewalk, DivX and Sony Creative Software.

In releasing a faster chip, Intel is looking to increase the performance gap with rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which won't release a quad-core competitor until the middle of this year. Unlike Intel's product line, which is comprised of two duo-core chips, AMD's upcoming offering will be four individual cores on one chip. It remains to be seen whether that enhances performance.

- Antone Gonsalves

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