The Core 2 Extreme goes mobile
Santa Clara (USA) – Many innovations announced yesterday by Intel in the consumer processor segment, from the introduction of the first Extreme CPU for laptops, the X7800, to the debut of the first Core 2 chips with front-side bus (FSB) at 1.333 MHz.
L’ X7800 is the new spearhead of Intel for the mobile sector, and is aimed at the increasingly large group of users who use the notebook as a gaming station and as a multimedia workstation.
The chip features a clock rate of 2.6 GHz, 4 MB of L2 cache and an 800 MHz FSB. According to the Californian chipmaker, the X7800 is capable of providing 28% more performance than the Core 2 Duo T2600 2.16 GHz: however, it should be noted that the current top-of-the-range Core Duo is the T2700, clocked at 2.33 GHz. As often happens, a significant increase in performance also equates to higher consumption : the X7800 has a thermal design power (TDP) of 44 watts against the 31 watts of the Core Duo.
To make its new mobile CPU even more appealing to hardcore gamers, Intel removed the bus frequency block : this allows OEMs and end users to overclock the processor (obviously at their own risk).
Intel expects the first X7800-based notebooks, which cost $ 851 wholesale, will hit the market within the next two weeks.
In the desktop segment, the Santa Clara giant has introduced five new CPUs : one Core 2 Extreme model, three Core 2 Duo E6xxx, and one Core 2 Quad. The following are the salient technical specifications of the new chips and the relative wholesale price:
– Core 2 Extreme QX6850: 4 cores at 3 GHz, FSB at 1333 MHz, 8 MB L2 cache ($ 999)
– Core 2 Quad Q6700: 4 cores at 2.66 GHz, FSB at 1066 MHz, 8 MB L2 cache ($ 530)
– Core 2 Duo E6850: 3 GHz 2 cores, 1. 333 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2 cache ($ 266)
– Core 2 Duo E6750: 2 cores at 2.66 GHz, FSB at 1333 MHz, 4 MB L2 cache ($ 183)
– Core 2 Duo E6650: 2 cores at 2.33 GHz, FSB at 1333 MHz, 4 MB L2 cache ($ 163).
As a tradition, the Extreme model is aimed at gaming enthusiasts and creatives who use software for 3D graphics or video processing. It should be noted that the new chips, with the exception of the Q6700 model, are the first Core 2 processors to use a FSB at 1.333 MHz whose support was introduced with the young Bearlake chipsets.