Second Kentsfield flavor to show up in Q1 '07
The folks at Intel recently decided to pull forward the launch of their Kentsfield quad-core desktop processor from the first quarter of 2007 to the fourth quarter of this year. According to a report by DigiTimes, the Q1 2007 time frame will now see Intel release a second, slower Kentsfield chip dubbed the Core 2 Quadro.
The site got the information from its usual moles at motherboard makers, who say the first Kentsfield launch will take place in November with a Core 2 Extreme QX6700 chip clocked at 2.66GHz. The sources claim Intel will then strike again in the following quarter with a Core 2 Quadro Q6600 processor clocked at 2.4GHz with 8MB of cache (4MB per dual-core die) and a 1066MHz front-side bus. Both chips will pop into motherboards with P965 or 975X chipsets, although board compatibility might preclude a number of current offerings based on the P965 chipset. Intel is expected to shed some more light on its quad-core plans during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco next week.