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    GamePC:Quad Core For The Holidays : Intelís Core 2 Extreme QX6700

    "It wasn't that long ago that having a system with four processing cores required enterprise-level hardware and budgets. Before multi-core processors came around, having a system with four processors would cost a minimum of ten thousand dollars, consisting typically of just the processors and motherboard, which also typically required (expensive) custom cases and power supplies. Quad-core systems could easily hit price tags of twenty thousand and up, all said and done. Of course, at the time, only enterprise level applications could make use of such processing power, so there was simply no demand for such hardware on the desktop. Fast forward a few years and here we are. Multi-threaded operating systems and applications are available and mature, ready and willing to make use as much processing power is available to them. The next generation of big-name games are all built on engines which are designed for multi-threading, several are already on the market today. Dual-core systems can be had for less than four digits, and quad-core workstations are not only common, but becoming standardized for any kind of professional work. As the technology has become less expensive to manufacture, quad-core computing for the desktop and gaming markets has become viable. While most will agree that there are few uses for such computing power for the home user right now, there always has to be a first step in order to move the market forward.
    Today we're looking at the first quad-core processor to hit the market for the desktop, Intel's (frustratingly named) Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor. This chip is the first of many which will be based on Intel's "Kentsfield" architecture, which simply features two Core 2 Duo "Conroe" processors strapped together onto a single Socket-775 chip. While not as elegant as a "true" quad-core processor (i.e, a single die with four cores interwoven), Intel's new quad-core processor unquestionably gets the job done. The chip can deliver unbelievable raw processing performance while running on the same consumer level hardware which has been readily available for months now. The question is, will today's applications see solid performance increases with a quad-core processors over a dual-core, and if so, will the performance benefits justify the massive price tag which these chips are currently selling at? Let's find out."


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    http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_cont...=qx6700&page=1





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    Interesting reading.. too bad AMD isn't pushing anything out yet to compete against this. I wonder what the price range on that processor is.

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    Too bad it is 1495.oo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hell_Yes
    Too bad it is 1495.oo

    that hurts.....1500.00
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