Core 2 Quad Q6600 to launch at just $531?

Word got out yesterday that Intel plans to launch its quad-core Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor at CES next week. Previous rumors claimed that the chip would cost $851 at launch and drop down to $530 in the second quarter of this year. As it turns out, though, Intel may end up skipping the higher figure altogether. X-bit labs says "several media reports" claim that the Core 2 Quad Q6600 will launch at $531, just $1 more than Intel's 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo E6700.

The Core 2 Quad Q6600 will reportedly be clocked at 2.4GHz with 8MB of total cache and a 1066MHz front-side bus. If those specs are genuine, the chip may outperform the E6700 in multi-threaded applications that can take advantage of more than two cores. The Q6600 will presumably be slower in other tasks because of its lower clock speed, however.

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