Intel: Core 2 Extreme will be a 2.93 GHz part
An Intel representative has hit us with some interesting tidbits about
the company's roadmap.
We were doing some enthusiast-level demos today in Santa Clara in
anticipation of Computex, and we confirmed some new news. The Core 2
Extreme processor (Conroe based) will ship at 2.93GHz at Core 2 Duo
launch. We will also have a 3.2GHz version by end of the year. And
as you know, the Quad Core enthusiast SKU, Kentsfield, is planned for Q1'07.
Core 2 Extreme will be the top-of-the-line flavor of Conroe intended to
supplant the existing Pentium Extreme Edition and compete with
AMD's Athlon 64 FX. Recent rumors
suggest the 2.93 GHz Core 2 Extreme will have 4 MB of cache, a 1066
MHz front-side bus, and launch on July 23 for
$999. As for Kentsfield, News.com reported
three months ago that the chip
won't be a "true" quad-core design; it is said to be made up of two
dual-core dies that harness the front-side bus to communicate. Meanwhile, AMD's K8L
to be a native quad-core
chip with a shared L3 cache, but its reported release time frame is more
vague—some time during the first half
, according to HKEPC.