Intel: Core 2 Extreme will be a 2.93 GHz part


— 11:34 AM on June 1, 2006

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 is expected 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 of 2007, according to HKEPC.
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