Intel's quad-core Core 2 Extreme hits stores

— 2:40 PM on November 14, 2006

Two weeks after Intel lifted the press embargo on its "Kentsfield"-based Core 2 Extreme QX6700, the processor has finally become available from online retailers and PC vendors. We've spotted the chip selling at Newegg for a wallet-scorching $1,499 and over at TigerDirect for a slightly more reasonable $1,149. Pricing at both stores is still a far cry from Intel's official $999 price tag for the QX6700, however.

Retailers aside, major PC vendors have also refreshed their offerings to include Intel's new chip. Dell, for one, has introduced a new XPS 710 gaming PC for the occasion. The XPS 710 starts at $3,699 with a Core 2 Extreme QX6700, 1GB of DDR2-667 RAM, two GeForce 7900 GS graphics cards running in SLI, 500GB of storage space, a 750W power supply, and a 20.1" wide-screen 2007WFP display. Surprisingly, though, Dell doesn't offer Nvidia's new GeForce 8800 GTS and GTX graphics cards with the machine—even as an option. For that, consumers will have to go with Alienware's Area-51 7500, which can be equipped with up to two GeForce 8800 GTX cards and a 1KW power supply to keep the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 company.

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