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Models and Pricing

Update: Core 2 Extreme QX9770 at 3.2 GHz
By , Daniel Schuhmann

Overview of available Core 2 Models
NameCode NameClock SpeedCacheFSBProduction Process
Core 2 Extreme QX9770Yorkfield4x 3200 MHz2x 6144 kB400 MHz45 nm
Core 2 Extreme QX9650Yorkfield4x 3000 MHz2x 6144 kB333 MHz45 nm
NameCode NameClock SpeedCacheFSBProduction Process
Core 2 Extreme QX6850Kentsfield4x 3000 MHz2x 4096 kB333 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Extreme QX6800Kentsfield4x 2933 MHz2x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Extreme QX6700Kentsfield4x 2666 MHz2x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Extreme Q6700Kentsfield4x 2666 MHz2x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Quad Q6600Kentsfield4x 2400 MHz2x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
NameCode NameClock SpeedCacheFSBProduction Process
Core 2 Extreme X6800Conroe XE2x 2933 MHz1x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6850Conroe2x 3000 MHz1x 4096 kB333 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6750Conroe2x 2666 MHz1x 4096 kB333 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6550Conroe2x 2333 MHz1x 4096 kB333 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6540Conroe2x 2333 MHz1x 4096 kB333 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6700Conroe2x 2667 MHz1x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6600Conroe2x 2400 MHz1x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
NameCode NameClock SpeedCacheFSBProduction Process
Core 2 Duo E6400Conroe-20482x 2133 MHz1x 2048 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6300Conroe-20482x 1866 MHz1x 2048 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6420Conroe2x 2133 MHz1x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6320Conroe2x 1866 MHz1x 4096 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6400Allendale2x 2133 MHz1x 2048 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6300Allendale2x 1866 MHz1x 2048 kB266 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4600Allendale2x 2400 MHz1x 2048 kB200 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4500Allendale2x 2200 MHz1x 2048 kB200 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4400Allendale2x 2000 MHz1x 2048 kB200 MHz65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4300Allendale2x 1800 MHz1x 2048 kB200 MHz65 nm
NameCode NameClock SpeedCacheFSBProduction Process
Pentium Dual CoreE2180Conroe-L2x 2000 MHz1x 1024 kB200 MHz65 nm
Pentium Dual CoreE2160Conroe-L2x 1800 MHz1x 1024 kB200 MHz65 nm
Pentium Dual CoreE2140Conroe-L2x 1600 MHz1x 1024 kB200 MHz65 nm


Pricing

Since the QX9770 belongs to the Extreme Edition line of processors, we can say with almost complete certainty that it will cost €1000 (£715) or more. We also expect the QX9770 and QX9650 to be sold alongside each other for a while, since upgrading to a new (X48-based) platform is not an attractive option for buyers, especially considering the non-existent performance benefit. On the other hand, since both the platform and the processor are aimed at the enthusiast crowd, which is traditionally willing to pay higher prices for exclusive components, we expect that the QX9770 will initially sell at a higher price than the QX9650.

Intel is in an excellent position. The Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is not yet available, and the performance of AMD’s Phenom processor is still an unknown quantity. This gives Intel some time to have the final say regarding the retail price.

Due to the uncertainty it entails, we don’t see paper launches (or pre-launches, if you prefer) such as this as helpful for the buyers. it is unlikely that a paper launched processor such as this will change anyone’s buying decision....

Update:
When we inquired again at what price point the company intends to sell the QX9770, Intel once more declined to comment, saying that final prices would be announced in the first quarter of 2008.

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