Kentsfield to launch at $999?
Intel CEO Paul Otellini revealed last month that the release of the
desktop quad-core "Kentsfield" processor had been pulled forward to the fourth quarter of
this year. Now HKEPC has been tipped off by its sources that the
be introduced at $999—the same recommended price as Intel's
current Core 2 Extreme X6800. The first Kentsfield will be clocked at
2.66GHz with 4MB of L2 cache per dual-core component and a 1,066MHz front-side bus,
HKEPC says, making it akin to a pair of Core 2 Duo E6700 processors
glued together on a single package. Considering the Core 2 Duo E6700's
recommended price is
$530, a $999 price tag on a 2.66GHz Kentsfield may not actually look too
On the Athlon front, AMD will reportedly counter Kentsfield with
Athlon 64 FX-64 chips clocked at 3.0GHz and dual-processor "4x4" platforms.
AMD says dual-CPU 4x4 processor bundles will retail for "well under $1,000," although it's unlikely that a pair of FX-64s will be that cheap.