Intel is poised to make its quad-core processors more common. New models and price cuts are on the way:
Good news is that Intel has just announced its releasing schedule for Core 2 Quad Q6400, the cheapest Quad Core we know. Since according to our report on the upcoming Intel’s price slash, Core 2 Quad Q6600 will have a new price at $531 (previously $851), Core 2 Quad Q6400 is most likely has a price lower than $450 when it is released into market in Q3 2007, implying Quad Core is no longer be high end only.
Core 2 Quad Q6400 remains in Kentsfield core like others released models. Standards for this model include: 65nm manufacturing process, LGA 775 package, clock speed at 2.13Ghz, 1066MHz FSB, and 4MB x 2 L2 Cache. Core 2 Quad Q6400 also support for Intel ViiV, VT, EIST, 64 and Execute Disable Bit. Combining the performance provided and the low price, this would be a great rival for AMD’s AM2+ processors.
The first native quad-core processor from Intel, codenamed Yorkfield, will be available in the second half of next year. This is a 45nm part with a 1333MHz FSB and 6MB L2 shared cache.