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 chip will 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 bad.

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.

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