The day has come for the unveiling of quad-core processing on a single chip. Thats right, Kentsfield has had the NDA removed today, arriving in the form of "Core 2 Quad", with the first processor to enter the lineup being the Core 2 Quad QX6700 Extreme Edition which operates at 2.66GHz.
For benchmarks and all that good stuff, check out our review where we see how it goes up against its little dual core brother, the Core 2 Duo E6700. There's also stacks of coverage on Core 2 Quad at the following sites too :-
- Tech Report
- PC Perspective
- ChileHardware (Translated)
- Toms Hardware
- Trusted Reviews
- XBit Labs
- Overclockers AU
- Hardware Zone
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.