Intel has never had such a cash cow as the Core architecture. When Intel released the Pentium brand name, Intel made a name for itself as the high point for computer processors. It wasn't till AMD's Athlon family hit the shelves and made us look at the chip giant.
Since then Intel has managed to make hit and miss products, Netburst was a definite miss, Bannis, Dothan and Yohna were definite hits. Intel has simply had to learn that its name isn't big enough to muscle the hardware industry anymore, it now has to compete with products that people are going to want, rather than telling the people what Intel wants them to buy.
Core architecture is Intel's biggest hit since Bannis made its debut to the mobile sector. Core architecture builds on what Intel learnt from Netburst and adds this to the architecture that the Pentium-M used so well.
Dual Core technology has also come a long way since Intel first released its Pentium-D and Pentium Extreme Edition processors. Intel's first attempts at dual core simply were not what the industry wanted or needed. Intel's way of core to core communication required requests to be made across the Front Side Bus, where AMD Athlon 64 X2's communicated across a dedicated interconnect on the CPU die that linked the two cores directly to the memory controller.
Core and Core 2 changed all this with the idea of the CPU's communicating across a shared L2 cache bus that connects the die's to a single L2 memory cache on the CPU die. This reduced the latency with core to core communication by over half, as no longer did they need to go across the FSB.
Today Intel has upped the ante with the first available Quad core CPU to hit the market. Today we test the Core 2 Quad Q6700.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Core 2 Quad in detail]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Sandra]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - PCMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Super PI]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Media Encoding]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 3DMark05]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Quake 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's pre-order scheme could change everything
- Ocarina of Time gets an enchanting Unreal Engine 4 makeover
- ASUS unveils the new Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti video card
- Sony unveils the Xperia Z5 Premium, the world's first 4K smartphone
- Hideo Kojima: The players are everything, I get my energy from them
- ACPI wakeup/shutdown no longer works after UEFI flash.
- Purchasing case fans in Taiwan
- Strontium Nitro 566X 64GB MicroSDXC and USB Type-C Reader Review
- does ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 support window 10 with the G3258 cpu?
- Seagate Backup Plus STDA4000100 4TB External Portable HDD Review
- SEAGATE DELIVERS INDUSTRY'S BROADEST PORTFOLIO OF 8TB HARD DRIVES
- CYBERTRONPC ANNOUNCES SMALL FORM FACTOR SYSTEM WITH AMD R9 NANO GRAPHICS CARD
- SilverStone Storage Devices - Mobile Series - MS08
- ASRock Z170 OC Formula Sets More Records at IDF 2015 San Francisco!
- ATTO Technology to Display Network and Storage Connectivity Portfolio at VMworld 2015